You Are Not Beaten
Wondering when it will all end?
Hearing crazy things like “micro-chips in the vaccines” and other nonsense?
Fearfully wondering what is true and what isn’t?
Getting more and more anxious? Climate change, then economic depression (oilpatch shedding jobs, forestry shedding jobs, farming not generating much and China shutting her borders to our products), then wars in the middle east, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and elsewhere, then covid-19 happening, then riots in the United States, -- what’s next?
Stop. There are things you can do.
This Is Not “The End Of The World”
While this may be new to our generation and place, this is not new to humanity.
Humanity has survived many plagues. Humanity has survived many wars. Humanity has survived many climate changes. Humanity has survived many depressions. In fact, compared to history, what we are going through is not bad in comparison.
It’s just that it’s all at once. AND, that with our modern media, it can be in our faces all the time. AND we don’t know who to trust. AND, to be honest, most of us as a broad society had it really, really good for the last 50-60 years or so.
This Has Happened Many Times Before
The prophet Jeremiah (who lived around 650 BC to 570 BC) said: “From earliest times, the prophets who preceded you and me invariably prophesied war, disaster, and plagues against many countries and great kingdoms.” (Jeremiah 28:8)
Jesus Himself said: “… when you hear of wars and rebellions, do not be afraid. For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once. Nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:8-11)
People have been talking about this, and experiencing it, for a long time.
So What Can We Do?
There are some fundamental things we can do. Here is what I suggest:
- Pray. Talk to God! Talk to Him about all your fears, your worries, your anxieties. Give everything to Him and lay them at His feet. Just let everything out. Do this daily. You can do it in soundlessly in your imagination, you can say it out loud, you can write it in a daily journal. There is a great benefit in unloading yourself (just ask any psychologist or clergy), and who better to unload to than the one who cares for you so much that He gave His life for you? Do this everyday. Do this continually!
- Be grateful. As you are talking to God, find specific things to say thank you for, as well. For example, I am grateful that, despite being in my house and not being able to physically be in contact with others, I was able to worship today with the parishes of Berwyn-Grimshaw and Fairview – they led a wonderful service. Last week, I was able to worship with the parishes of Athabasca, Northern Lights, and Lac La Biche – both services were very uplifting, worshipful, and feeding for me. I thank the Lord that I am able to do that. I thank the Lord that I have my wife Benita. And my children. And my grandchildren. I thank the Lord for you, reading this right now.
- Share and help out. DO SOMETHING. Wherever we are, whenever we are, we either make the situation better, or we make it worse – we never leave it neutral. Even if the something is just to show up and to say, “I’m here for you.” That is an incalculable gift for some people. If we can’t currently do it physically, you can still do it over the phone, over the internet, even via old fashioned letters. If you find out there is a need and you have the capability, help out. Donate. Give. Share the love of God, who created you, with someone else. Get out of yourself and focus on someone else in need.
- Read your bible. Every day. Even the boring parts. Even the parts you don’t understand. Even the parts that make you mad. As you read it, ask God three things: 1.) what He wants you to especially notice. 2.) What He is saying to you. 3.) What He wants you to do. And then, try doing it. If it’s especially crazy, maybe talk to your local clergy person first to get their input ;). You may find it easier to join a daily bible reading plan, say in the “YouVersion Bible app.” Or, just pick 3 or 4 chapters each day and read them – a different set of chapters each day. There are 1189 chapters in the Bible, so if you read 4 a day, it will take 297 days. If you read 3 a day, it will take 396 days – just under or over a year, depending. That’s all! Or you could pick a specific section of the Bible, and read it over and over and let it soak in. I suggest you read half in the morning, 1st thing when you get up, and half just before you go to bed. Ask God those 3 things 1st, read, and then say your prayers for the day and for those you love.
- Worship. Worship is to say something is worth it. It is to give value, honour, or worth to something. Tell God He’s worth something. Daily, with Morning and Evening Prayer. Weekly joined together with your local community (over the internet for now). Constantly, every time you see a sunrise, a sunset, diamonds in the snow, the northern lights … anything which reveals the miraculous and beautiful to you. It all came from God, because He loves.
- Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, enough exercise, the proper food.
We Are In This Together
No matter how bleak things may seem, you are not alone. You are not forgotten. God is with you. Christ will not leave you. If you’d like human help, reach out to your local clergy person or to a friend you trust. Humanity has gone through everything we are facing, many times before. With the grace of God, we shall do so again. It may not be easy, but we shall do so. It is easier though, if we do it together rather than as lone individuals. Let us join together in doing the above 6 things. Let us join together in supporting each other through this. No matter what happens, turn to Christ, and be blessed in His name. At times on earth the future may seem bleak, but the future in Christ is bright, very bright indeed – for all eternity.
God bless you;