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An Easter Message During COVID-19

Easter 2020 is just about here as I write this. My Jewish friends have already started celebrating Passover. Spirituality and faith are at the forefront of many people’s minds.The holiday comes at an interesting time this year. We are in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Most people are “sheltering in place” as we attempt to “flatten the curve.”People have lots of things on their minds (family, friends, work, bills, and a whole host of other things). And they have ample time to dwell on those things. They can choose to be fearful and build anxiety in their lives as they dwell on those things. Or they can choose to live in a larger context. They can choose to shift the focus of their lives away from themselves and on to a larger purpose. This may be exactly what is needed right now – a time to reflect on the spiritual aspect of our lives.

People who know me, know I am a man of faith. Intentionally spending time cultivating that faith has given me a solid foundation for times such as this. Not that I am never afraid or worried. But I look back on the times that have been difficult in my life and I realize that my faith in Christ has helped me weather other storms. Some of those storms include:

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Debt
  • Death
  • Joblessness
  • Being Broke
  • Infertility
  • Suicide
  • Loneliness
  • Trauma
  • Parenting Kids of trauma
  • Uncertainty
  • Fear
  • Lack of purpose
  • Sickness

So, Easter is critically important to me as a Christian. It is a celebration of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It is a singular event that distinguishes Christianity from other religions.

It is a time to draw near to God and to renew my faith. I’m going to need a strong spiritual foundation to continue to grow, to live out my purpose, and to deal with the tough times that inevitably happen.

My spiritual strength directly influences my ability to lead in every area of my life – as a husband, dad, friend, neighbor, church member, and colleague. My battle-tested faith is a tool I use to help and encourage others as they are going through their own tribulations. There are no empty platitudes here. Faith not fear is a deeply held conviction that has developed over many years and many trials.

I encourage you to take time during this holy time to examine your own heart and mind. Ask bigger questions. Look for more meaning and purpose. Draw closer to your spiritual center. I don’t pretend to have all the answers but I am happy to share about my experience and my beliefs. Conversation not condemnation is my thought here.

There are a lot of people hurting right now and I am not going to add to that. It doesn’t help. Instead, I want people to share their hearts and to relieve some of the pressure and anxiety. I hope other Christians can adopt a similar mindset. That is how we show Christ’s love. And that is what Easter is really all about – love.


God bless you all!

 
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