How are you doing?
Are you hangin’ in there, friend? I get waves of nervousness that wash over me; a sudden panic I’ll run out of laundry soap, toilet paper or cough drops.
Seriously. Is it too much caffeine, and a bit less sleep than I should be clocking? Or, is the steroid, now all finished, exacting a last hurrah?
No. Wait, I know . . . and maybe you do too dear reader.
Death . . . disorder . . . dismay . . . the first request came to pray for a family who is quarantined from a member dying of COVID-19.
This really isn’t going away . . . It isn’t that I didn’t believe the seriousness of a pandemic . . . I thought maybe they were kidding about what it would take to die out.
Worshipping this morning helped – being reminded to sing, be part of an ancient and modern chorus of voices praising God . . . even if His plans include unimaginable experiences. (Anxiety and the Coronavirus )
Then I heard that the exhortation Be Still has a meaning I did not know – be still translates lay down your weapons. (A Very Present Power)
I don’t like to think of myself as armed against God . . . but nervousness, little bouts of panic or even a full-blown meltdown can have the effect of suiting me up in defensiveness against the one Friend who means good and not ill. (Isaiah 40:27)
Busyness can morph into a weapon too, shielding me from meditation which I learned today is another word for singing:
God strengthens us through the singing of psalms and spiritual songs.
Be still and sing . . . Jesus Loves Me is starting point; especially if you have forgotten a few words.
When was the last time you sang that?
The healing, helping power of music: I know this – I knew this: music — psalms and songs has been a great tonic in my own troubled times. But, as a work under construction, I forget. It was good to be reminded:
The Lord Bless You and Keep You, dear friends. Click those links! I hope these music links calm you and encourage your heart as they do mine.