How are you?

May 2020

There is an advertisement on WCCO TV that shows many of the anchors and reporters making comments or asking questions related to the current COVID-19 experience we find ourselves in. One of the reporters asks a question that has stayed with me. I don’t remember the reporters name, but I remember the question. In a gentle kind voice, that somehow touches me, the reporter looks at me (the camera) and asks, “how are you?”

How are you my friends? Different days I have different answers to this question. The first week of the quarantine I cried almost all week. Identifying the reason for the crying was a challenge because just about anything, or nothing, would set me off. Eventually I worked my way through it by setting a limit on media consumption, including social media, local and national news. I expect I will go through a variety of emotions as this continues and I need to be prepared.

A great piece of scripture to go to as you journey through this time of pandemic is Psalm 46: 1-3.

God is our refuge and strength,
a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart,
when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,
    when its waters roar and rage,
when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.

We can take comfort in knowing that God is our refuge and strength and is always with us.

I recently saw a Facebook post that list what they call Daily Quarantine Questions.

What am I grateful for today?

Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?

What expectations of “normal: and I letting go of today?

How am I getting outside today?

How am I moving my body today?

What beauty and I either creating, cultivating or inviting into my life today?

I encourage you to daily meditate on Psalm 46 and try to focus on each of the six suggestions noted above. Let me know how this goes for you and what difference this makes in your life as you journey through this time.

Do know I am praying for you and please pray for me.

Your Sister in Christ,

Pastor Deb


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