Posted on May 18, 2020 by Nancy Schmitt
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face.
Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
–1 Corinthians 13:12-13
Like many people, as we press on through these pandemic days, I have been thinking a lot about our human need for interaction and connection, especially in the midst of our physical separation from one another.
Perhaps you’re like me and the early days of the Safer at Home order felt like a needed break; almost like unexpected snow days. But that feeling didn’t last long and as we move toward double digit weeks of staying at home and social distancing, it takes more intentionality to ride the waves of anxiety, sadness, disappointment, fear and uncertainty. Even if we are not struggling with the loss of a job or other financial or physical health setbacks; emotionally we may still be experiencing feelings of disequilibrium and longing to see people in-person, face-to-face.
If you have left your house to go to a grocery store, convenience store, or gone through a fast food drive-up, you know that we are now talking to others not only through our face masks, but through dim Plexiglas. It is a very strange way to connect to one another during a difficult time.
Throughout the generations, crisis, whether in our family, community or country, usually draws us together. During crisis we don’t want to be alone, so we come together, staying close to each other and offering hugs or physical touch for comfort, connection and reassurance. Our current global pandemic has pushed us away physically from one another and isolated us for safety and in an effort not to spread the virus. As this isolating crisis continues we may find ourselves searching for faith, hope and love.
In the midst of so much that does not feel normal and so much that we only know in part, the Apostle Paul reminds us that faith, hope and love remain. Still, in the midst of something too large to comprehend, we are needing to find new ways to share faith, hope and love.
Our Mental Health Team at Sun Prairie UMC is offering us a way to stay connected and simply check in with one another; to be heard or just to listen. The opportunity is called, In A Room With Zoom. Watch a short video to learn more by clicking here.
May faith, hope and love abide for us today and remain with us and hold us in these days in which we live.