13 Then we your people, the flock of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
from generation to generation we will recount your praise.
A term that I have heard many times over the last few days is “Covid fatigue,” referring to how people are feeling about the continual state of isolation and the changes we are facing as a result of Covid-19. As the time lengthens that there are limitations on people and as people are getting restless, we are getting Covid fatigue.
Perhaps having a name for it is helpful. There is no doubt that the last 4 months have been challenging – for some more than others. There is no doubt that there has been loss; lives, jobs, celebrations, security, education, relationships, opportunities, connection. It has been hard and life-changing. It has been tiring. Even when there has been a slower pace for many, there seems to be a different form of exhaustion setting in.
So, what do we do? I know experts have a lot of suggestions; keep a routine, get out into nature, stay connected, try something new. These are all wonderful suggestions and have been helpful to many.
Scripture would encourage us to be thankful and to come before God in gratitude. Gratitude gives us a new perspective. I also think it fills us with hope as we recognize the blessings that surround us.
When you are fatigued, when you are discouraged, when you are lonely, perhaps that is the best time to intentionally spend time going to God is gratitude. I know it might be difficult. I know that there will be times that it is feels there is very little for which you can be grateful (which you can tell God, too!). Be grateful still. Find something every day for which you can give thanks.
It will make a difference in your life and it will make a difference in your relationship with God.
Today I am grateful for the Trinity community – for the leadership team we have and for the ways you are caring for one another. I give thanks to God today for you.
God, thank you. Thank you for the Trinity church family and for the many individuals who come together to be your Church. Thank you for the love that is shared. Thank you that today I got to have deep conversations with good people. Thank you for those who radiate your love. Amen.
From another United Church (Toronto), a gift of music….