Hope for Troubled Times
Having a tough time now that the world has turned upside down? Maybe these will help...
I don't know about you, but in this time of world crisis, my anxiety level has rocketed through the roof. This is challenging for me because I usually strive to be fairly balanced, emotionally. While it is most definitely ok to be not ok (and it REALLY REALLY is), that doesn't mean you want to feel like this forever.
Luckily, it is also the season of Lent. Every year during Lent, I put together various Christian books—about the church, about theology, about life in general—as a reading discipline. Through this process, I've recently finished several books that were very helpful for me and I'd like to share them with the hopes that they will also be very helpful to you. (All of the books are available in audio or ebook form to download on Overdrive. No need to wait until we reopen!)
"You are about to enter a period of deep unknowing which nothing you have learned will equip you to pass over. You do not know, not because you are stupid, but because you are not God. So relax, if you can because you are not doing anything wrong. This is what it means to be human."
I also like that this one looked at all the major religions, not just Christianity.
"Faith gives you courage to be inconvenienced and interrupted. The only way to obtain the promises of God is through faith and patience. God makes the promises and our part is to persevere."
These books are predominantly Christian, because that's what I am and that's where I turn when the world falls apart. If you are looking for something a little less labeled, might I suggest poems by Rumi or Mary Oliver. You could also check out the works by Thich Nhat Hanh — who I have not read personally, but he comes highly recommended. Even something like Eat, Pray, Love might be helpful. I know it was "a thing" a few years ago, but reading about Elizabeth Gilbert at the ashram might help you come up with your own mantra to get you through this tough time.
Friends, I hope you and yours are well. Thank you to everyone—medical professionals, grocery workers, truck drivers, etc.—who are working hard to keep us safe and fed. If I could, I would make you all a million thank you cookies. Instead, I offer you these words of hope.
Please stay safe...