Over the past year, the pandemic from hell has tried to wipe us out. Lives have been lost. Businesses and ministries have suffered. Community has all but dissolved. We’ve been isolated and confused, wanting to do the “right thing” and not knowing exactly what that is. Despair seeped in like fog on a damp day.
Real life loss.
As a full-time caregiver, wife, mom and medical assistant, my friend, Alicia was quickly becoming overwhelmed BEFORE the pandemic. Her mother had been suffering with multiple medical issues including heart failure and dementia. Alicia wanted to keep her mom at home as long as possible, even if it meant practically moving in with her, but ultimately, the decision to place her in an assisted care facility had to be made.
In the midst of the pandemic with all the restrictions and lockdowns, Alicia was unable to see, hug, kiss, or whisper assurances to her mom. Standing outside her mom’s window, their hands pressed against the glass, desperate for connection, tears rolled down both their cheeks.
When her mom passed away, she was alone in her room. No funeral or memorial service was permitted to help Alicia ease the pain of her loss or celebrate her mom’s good life.
It. Was. Awful.
Alicia, an extrovert by nature, now alone in her grief, was swallowed up by discouragement in her isolation.
Months rolled by, the snow melted, robins appeared and crocuses sprouted. Restrictions on travel eased and Alicia’s four daughters conspired a simultaneous visit. They stood in front of the garage door at the top of the drive, waving streamers and bopping balloons as Alicia pulled into her driveway.
Oh Friend, I wish I had a picture of the visible relief on their radiant faces as happy tears streamed during the jubilant reunion.
Good news revives us.
In Genesis 45, Jacob has suffered the loss of his favorite wife, Rachel, and their son, Joseph. Jacob’s grief was so heavy it contaminated his joy for decades. On top of that, there was a famine in the land the likes of which had never been seen. Jacob was distraught and ready to die.
When his sons returned from a second trip to Egypt where they had gone to buy food, they brought with them the news that Jacob’s long lost son, Joseph, was alive and in charge. Verse 45:27 says, … “the spirit of Jacob revived.”
Can you imagine?
Finding out the son you’d given up for lost, was alive and eagerly waiting to see you! Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. -Proverbs 13:12. Good news revives our spirits.
The past year has been tough for many of us. I don’t know what have you given up hope of ever doing, or seeing or experiencing again, but I do know that God sees you, hears you and has good news for you. You are not alone and you are not forgotten.
Leave me a comment or zip me an email if you’d like me to pray for your good news to arrive and for your spirit to be revived.
Verse of the day: How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 NIV
Prayer: Lord, your Son is Good News and we thank you for Jesus gift of salvation. As we wait for His triumphant return or our departure from this world, sprinkle good news into our everyday lives to refresh our hope and deepen our trust in you. In Jesus Name. amen.