“Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever” Isaiah 9:1
Has anyone else caught themselves saying more and more frequently, “when this is all over?!” As time continues to pass, and our community begins reopening, it feels as if everything would just magically return to the way things were before. However, we are still living in this new normal. We still limit our interactions, decline hugs and handshakes, do not bring our children to stores or friends’ houses, and we continue to distance ourselves when we do make the venture out into public. It is so easy to become caught in the cycle of feeling as if this period of despair will never end.
This can be especially challenging for parents as their children grow increasingly frustrated, confused, and in many cases, stir crazy! Finding the words to explain to children why they still cannot go on public outings, or spend time at friends houses, can become even more difficult as time passes.
Time and patience are hard enough for adults to grasp, let alone children. In this period of waiting and difficulty, it is important to remember the words in the scripture above. This is the time we need to rely on the hope that God provides. We can spend this time reminding each other of the good that this new normal has brought us, including increased family time and opportunities to connect in new ways. These feelings of frustration and being overwhelmed will pass. As we establish these new routines, and find our new “normal,” let us not forget that our Lord does not abandon us, especially in our time of need. We are united in our desires to get through this, and we will.
Dr. Leanne Badham
Director of Precious Cargo Academy
Fizzy Painting! Sprinkle baking soda on paper (watercolor or construction paper works best). Add a few drops of food coloring to vinegar. Use eye droppers or pipettes to add droplets to the baking soda and watch (and listen!) to the reaction.
For those who are feeling overwhelmed or restless:
Dear Lord, help us to remember that this too shall pass; that in tough times, there are brighter days ahead. Lord help us to see and to seek the hope and care that only You can provide in all times. Amen.