Finding Light in a Pandemic

It is Easter season now, a time of rejoicing, light colors, and hymns about resurrection and rebirth. Yet this is an incredibly odd Easter season- no white vestments at church, no daffodils, tulips, or lilies gracing the altar, and no sense of joy as we hear the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection proclaimed. For many of us, the thought of joy is as distant from us as we are from that first Easter morning. We have been laid off, told our health insurance is no longer valid, and asked to wait for government assistance that may never come (or is so means tested that many people cannot even access it). We are experiencing massive unemployment numbers (they’re downright bigly!), the likes of which the United States has not seen since the Great Depression. There is a global pandemic sickening and killing our loved ones, and we have no medically proven means of treating it. What we have, my friends, is a heck of a lot of darkness.

Over my next few posts, I am going to be writing about how we can ‘find light’ in this COVID-19 Pandemic; I am borrowing this phrase from the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, an absolutely fantastic film that was introduced to me by an ex. One of the key themes of the film is ‘finding light’ in dark situations- basically, looking for good when all seems terribly, terribly wrong.

I plan to publish posts on three key situations that could use a bit of light and grace at this time. They are as follows:

  1. Job Loss
  2. Isolation
  3. Anxiety

I hope these posts bring you a little light in this storm and that you know things are going to get better at some point. To quote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel once more, “everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright, it is not yet the end.”

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