May the God who gives you endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5
We are staff, we are students, we are parents, we are carers. We are friends, we are community.
An unprecedented time
The situations we find ourselves in at the moment are all so different and sudden. We have all found ourselves with very little time to plan and no historical precedent to guide us. But here we are.
Part of the advice we have received from health professionals is to physically separate from others. This is extremely difficult and counterintuitive as we are designed to be in relationship!
While we are physically separated, it is a good time for us to be reminded that we are not alone. We may be physically isolated, but we are united in heart, in purpose and most importantly, in Christ.
United in difficulty—divided in response
While we are united in our current difficulties, it is important to recognise that people around us may be in very different situations and feeling varied responses:
- Some parents are struggling with being isolated in their homes without the usual activities for their children
- Job insecurity and unemployment
- The stress of being an essential employee
- Many are in vulnerable health positions and deeply concerned about Covid-19
- Mental health difficulties are exacerbated
- Some are anxious about the change and uncertainty that prevails
- Other people feel extremely isolated and emotionally vulnerable
- Year 11 and 12 students are concerned about their exams and the HSC
- People are worried about loved ones, or aching to see those they love but cannot
There are so many challenges that each of us are facing that are all so different. It is important to try and empathise with how others are feeling at this time and to consider how we can gently and lovingly respond and care for those around us.
And yet, opportunities
Despite all the difficulties, there are many opportunities being presented to us. May I encourage you all to consider how you can learn and grow in this time of great difficulty. How you can reach out to others. How you can become closer with your immediate family and how you can listen to the needs of others and make meaningful connections.
Reach out to your friends. Laugh together. Cry together. Reach out to the vulnerable. Reach out to those you may find hard to love. Ask for help if you need it. Be encouraged by others in the community. Turn to God in prayer and open up his Word.
We are all one community. We are all in this together. Physically separated but spiritually united.
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