Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer. Hebrews 10:24-25 (Good News Translation)
We are currently experiencing the collective trauma of COVID-19 and its devastating effects on our health care system, our economy, and our mental health. It has also had another insidious effect on us.
Already my clients have difficult life experiences that they are dealing with, and now COVID-19 adds to that stress exponentially. Worries about family, jobs, personal health and that of loved ones; juggling school schedules and work from home, etc. are just some facets of the exacerbation that this plague piles upon already existing problems of anxiety or depression.
The one that hurts so much though is the inability to connect with loved ones and friends like we normally had done. Typically, I give my clients homework that involves other people- things like seeking volunteer work; participation in support groups; connection with others at small groups from church; acquiring accountability partners- on and on. Those are parts of the healing process that I rely upon to help my clients. Now, many of those helpful options are gone or are seriously restricted.
Perhaps some good news that will result from this disaster is renewed appreciation for our need for good, healing social interaction. Indeed, we are healed in community.
We often hear the phrase “We are in this together”. I hope we leave this pandemic with the words “We got through this together!”
Prayer: Help us through this time and give us the continued reliance upon you and your people, Amen