I, more than some, am well aware of how laughter can quickly morph into despair. I need to only look back on New Years day 2020 and remember how I was bursting with the possibilities that could be, would be. However, the year had barely been birthed before COVID roared in and took with it all those things we knew to be important, people we loved, jobs we depended on and that sure footing of knowing how our world would stand up against any chaos we encountered. Instead, it seemed like we had barely flung ourselves up from one quicksand situation, only to flounder into the next bottomless quagmire of trouble and sorrow. It appeared as if our lives were only to be ones of turmoil, unrest and fear of contracting the dreaded virus.
Who could predict that a large portion of our free time would be spent chasing rolls of toilet tissue and hoarding hand sanitizer and paper towels? That our children would be locked out of schools and families worried that they might be forced out of their homes? How could it be that friends would straddle the political divide hurling words that would not only severed friendships, but, divided the country?
What is the perspective that is needed which will enable us to wobble to our feet and face the dawning of this new year with joy?
I believe it is the firm knowledge that 2020 threw all it had to knock us down and, yes, some we fell to our knees, tearing skin off, maybe breaking a bone or two, seeing a goose egg rise beneath our hairline, but, we all have stood back up on crutches welded from the empathy of our neighbors, the support of our families and the belief in the faith of our fathers. Even those who are only standing on one leg, leaning up against the walls of grief and depression, I see you refusing to stay down, instead, fighting to get your footing, refusing to give up or give in to the trauma of can’t and/or won’t!
There is a quote attributed to Mary Tyler Moore, in which she said, “you can’t be brave, if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you”.
In the Living Bible, Psalms 30 vs 5, reads, “His anger lasts a moment; his favor lasts for life! Weeping may go on all night, but in the morning there is joy”.
What I am saying is that I know there has been many dark nights with torrents of tears you have cried over the deaths of those we love and the loss of those accouterments we considered important for our comfort and livelihood.
Be encouraged! Know that if you have withstood all that we endured in 2020, nothing is too difficult for you. You have been tested and found to be courageous! There is joy in adversity. The joy of knowing that you can take a licking and like a Timex watch, keep ticking. Adversity has strengthen you! It has muscled up our determination and perseverance and given us the will to go on!
The sun is coming up friends. Know that there is Joy that awaits you.
Blessings to you as you run toward the possibilities of 2021 with a hopeful heart and a joyful lilt in your step. May it be well with your soul!