Staying Calm

By Rev. Cindy Marino

Staying Calm, Staying Connected, Staying the Course One Small Moment at a Time.

Today I saw the sun for a few minutes! I never thought such a small event on a spring day would impact my mood in such a powerful way. But it seems the slightest of changes looms large when our senses are tuned to what’s around us; "microevents" they are called by sociologists. 

As this April Edition of Grace Notes finds you, we are still (still!) under an order to stay at home. And it looks like the order will be in place for the next 30 days.  That means many different things to many different people. Most of us are maintaining our good humor and looking for ways to help others. But even for those who claim a calm, connected course, the stress of the current pandemic is there. It resides underneath and leaks out in unexpected ways. I rarely cry, but I found myself in tears the other day over a sweet note of encouragement from one of you. Another microevent in the course of a day.

We are all a bit on edge as we face this attack on life as we know it. I especially pray for families at home with their children, working and teaching all at the same time. May each smile and hug and new bit of learning be a microevent that builds to a day of joy and encouragement. 

And now, Easter is upon us! And we cannot fail to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior! Easter is our recognition of God redeeming us in Jesus Christ. Our broken world is healed and our broken lives are made whole. That is the promise and the reality of Easter. There is no better time to take that in than now. We usually celebrate Easter as the major event of our Christian faith, and truly it is! But this year, we also take solace in each of the small ways we are reminded of the new life we are given. Perhaps in the midst of this global event, this is how God is working. May every day provide you with microevents that point to the hope of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23–25