Though she had her ‘brave face’ on, behind a weak smile, the words bled with deep hurt.
The social distancing.
Maybe even depression and anger. Honestly, I think we can all relate.
We are living in a new norm. A norm that is lingering more protracted than we desire, and with unwanted ramifications. People are missing people. Mommas are afraid. Ladies are on edge. Life is hard.
What is a gal to do when her whole world has turned upside down?
The reality is we need each other now more than ever. I believe though, in a pandemic, we must check on our people. I am not saying to be unsafe or unwise. I am saying to pause and reach out to the ones you love. Stay connected.
Give them a call. Have a conversation. Drop a package on their front door. Send a text. Have a zoom call or a FaceTime. Meet outside. Say a prayer and give encouraging words. Walk together. Sit on the front porch. Give a gift. Reach deep and give again. Because ‘a sweet friend refreshes the soul.‘ Proverbs 27:9 (MSG)
And when this is over, we will come out better. Better because we have walked through it together. Better – because though isolated physically, we have still nurtured our friendships. Better. Better together even in a pandemic.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)