Each and every person is faced with this question: Is it safe to go outside yet? We are understand that the threat of COVID-19 is real. Many people have died from the infection and we live in fear. Some of us live panicked lives from this 'silent enemy'. Others are older or have poor health. We do not thrive while living in fear. For many, the time to go outside is now.
Walking out of our homes and into the neighborhood is refreshing and uplifts our spirit. Our communities come alive when we venture out to public spaces for recreation. Parks have been available for many years and underused because we have busy schedules. Work and social commitments have consistently occupied our time. Consider this the opportunity to shed the fear that occupies our minds.
Many people today have walked away from the belief that God is with us. Living in fear leaves our days empty and dread. Hope is dimmed the longer we stay recluse. The darker our lives are the more we grow in fear. We can escape from hopelessness when we believe that the days ahead will be brighter. Our souls thrive when we find a way to accept our circumstance and seek a kind of joy that begs us to move forward each day.
Consider this pandemic as an opportunity to collectively renew our faith in God as we pray for this affliction to end. Believing in Jesus is the key to unlocking the door to renewal and hope. With faith and belief in Jesus we can brighten each other's lives through mutual trust and respect.