It has been months since I have been on Pass the Bread, Mom. Certainly not because of lack of concern or laziness. Last August I began my fourteenth year leading the Moms’ Ministry at my church. In addition to younger moms, we had added small groups just for grandmas. Everything was moving right along until March when we were confronted with a mind-blowing new obstacle–the Corona Virus. We had faced obstacles before, but nothing like this. Everything came to a grinding halt. We could no longer meet in small groups in our church building.
After getting everyone on Zoom, we began meeting virtually. But I think it is fair to say it was a far stretch to second best. Many of our women dropped out because they could not handle kids being home 24/7, working their jobs from home, and regular Zoom meetings. Zoom fatigue had set in. I get it! Don’t you?
Lee (my husband) and I had to cancel a much anticipated trip to the Netherlands to see the tulips in springtime. Then our mission trip to Moldova was canceled. That was really sad since our daughter and two granddaughters were going with us.
In the midst of disappointments, I became more in tune with things that brought me pleasure and helped me to be grateful.
1. I wasn’t alone.
2. It was springtime.
3. My flower garden needed tending.
4. The bluebirds continued to build their nests, lay their eggs, and hatch their babies.
5. The Southern Box turtle made her annual pilgrimage to our yard to lay her eggs.
6. I could clean out closets that had needed such attention for quite some time.
7. I could spend extra sweet time with the Lord.
Looking forward, who knows? But my prayer is that this pandemic will cause folks to stop and think about what really matters and invest there. And may God in His mercy eradicate this virus leaving us with hearts that are more grateful, more in love with Him, and more ready to serve Him wherever He leads. Sweet Jesus, let it be.
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