Life is stressful. None of us could have foreseen this year and all of the craziness that came with it. Thankfully, as Christians, we are able to take comfort in our ability to trust God and trust that what is happening is for His glory and purpose. Even as we watch the evening news, hear of people who are sick or have lost their job, and we feel our hearts deeply aching, we can go to Him with complete confidence in His goodness and wisdom. We can find our comfort under His wings.
This pandemic has brought good things, too. Families have spent more time together because moms and dads have been working from home, and kids are being homeschooled or doing their schooling online in the safety of their home. There are stories of families and friends who are playing board games and cards together for the first time and experiencing the joy I had when I was younger and had family game nights. They are laughing, making snacks to eat, and enjoying the company of each other. Parents have even stated they feel like they are just getting to know their kids for the first time.
With churches closed, families and couples have discovered new ways to celebrate God at home. Families have spent Sunday morning listening to music and singing along or watching a service together on television or online. One family shared a different person was responsible for the music, and another for the devotions, each and every Sunday. They said it has been heartwarming to see the choices different family members have made when it was their turn to choose.
I have dealt with difficulties in my life, and right before the pandemic started, I found out my older brother was diagnosed with cancer. His disease, usually fatal, was found to be one that responds well to once a once-a-month chemotherapy treatment. This has given our family something to praise God about! We need to look at every opportunity, illness, and event as a moment God is giving us for reaching others for His glory.
Here are five ways you can share His glory and comfort with others during this time:
Check on your neighbors to see if they need anything. Make it a point to reach out to those who may be hurting and offer a helping hand. This can include picking up a few extra groceries each week or assisting with yard maintenance during the fall months when leaves pile up.
If you know of anyone who lives alone or is elderly, send them a care package with a face mask, hand sanitizer, your favorite hot teas, and a handwritten invite to your family Sunday Service.
If someone is feeling under the weather, consider bringing them soup, tea, a new blanket, or other comforts to help them feel better. If the individual is a caregiver or part of a larger family, consider starting a meal train to provide some dinners a few nights per week.
Send a handwritten letter. Everyone loves to receive mail, and what better than to surprise someone with something in the mail? You can include your favorite verses, a written playlist of some of your favorite songs they may enjoy, flower seeds, or printed inspirational photos.
Pick up the phone. During such a lonely time, picking up the phone and calling a friend or loved one to check in and ask how they are doing can mean the world. Ask them how they are feeling, what has been occupying their time, and how you can pray for them. If you both feel comfortable, consider praying with them on the phone.
We can find ways to share God’s glory and comfort during all seasons of life. Use the experiences God places in your lap to glorify Him and spread His message everywhere you can.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 reminds us:
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the shields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior.”