Serenity Now
March 25, 2020

Anyone else feel like they are living the same day over and over and over? Anyone else feel a little on edge and wonder how much longer they can endure our current predicament? Anyone else got a shorter fuse than usual and fear they might not be as patient with those that they live with as usual? Are you wondering how you can keep this up? Maybe we need some practices to keep us going.  

Years ago, these things called practices were an integral part of the church and the Christian faith, but about 500 years ago something happened. As the Reformation was gaining momentum (and maybe speeding out of control like a freight train without brakes) the Reformers threw out anything connected to the church that they were rebelling against, the Roman Catholic church. There are some Christian traditions that still follow these practices, but for many Christians and churches in this country, practices are a thing of the past. That's a bummer because we could really use some of these practices right now.  

Schedules have been trashed, freedoms have been limited, every time we turn on the news the information is worse than the day before. Many of us worry that we may get sick or someone that we love might get sick. There certainly isn't a shortage of reasons to be stressed but we have so little control right now, so we have to figure out how to keep that short fuse from igniting. So maybe these practices will help...

-Breathe!  And not shallow, stressed, panting breaths; breathe into the deepest parts of your lungs. Just this alone can slow down your pulse and release the tension that you have been carrying for far too long.

-Exercise. Go for a walk. Take in some fresh air. Run a few miles. Ride your bike. Get your blood moving throughout your body and release some endorphins.

-STOP EATING JUNK FOOD!  Eat balanced regular meals. Eat an apple or some vegetables and drink some water. Fuel your body with good stuff instead of junk.

-PUT THE PHONE DOWN, TURN OFF THE TV, CLOSE THE LAPTOP! The goal of 24-hour news was never to deliver serenity and peace. That doesn't sell advertising dollars.

-Start a project. Work in your yard, declutter a closet or a room, do a jigsaw puzzle. Start something that you can finish. This will give you a sense of accomplishment that is desperately needed when we feel like we have very little control of our lives right now.  

-Sleep. Don't stay up all night in front of the TV or with your phone in your hands.  

-Pray. Most important over everything else, invite God into the things that are stressing you out.  Admit that you are powerless to the current situation and ask God to be a part of your stress. We will realize that God is already there and has always been there.

None of this will change what we're dealing with, but it might help us make it through the next few days, weeks, and (I really, really hope not) months, without going crazy or taking our stress out on those that we love. We are all in this together, let's do the best we can and remember, God is always with us. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

Last Published: April 1, 2020 12:06 PM