From the Music Ministry….

“Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” is reportedly an old Yiddish adage meaning, “Man Plans, and God Laughs” (see Psalm 33:10).

As this ongoing pandemic has made clear, despite our most careful planning, life is unpredictable. While I have experienced my fair share of unpredictability before COVID-19, as we all have, at times I find myself feeling anxious and fretful about what will happen. At these times, it helps me to take a deep breath, relax, and remind myself how to cope. Here are some ways I’ve found that help me deal with these uncertain times.

Take the Long View

When I find myself growing anxious, it helps me to remember to take the long view. I find comfort in remembering the world has been through tough times before and has survived. I cannot imagine how it must have felt during World War II when there was so much political and economic uncertainty, horrific loss of life, and ongoing stress and sacrifice. And yet, World War II was followed by a long period of world-wide economic and educational expansion (note – for most, not for everyone). While I do need to keep up with current events and be informed of what is going on, I need to focus on the long view and be careful not get caught up in the sensational daily news cycle. Things will get better.

Focus On Today

In contrast, it helps me to focus on today and concentrate on the opportunities of today. I may not know when we will be able to worship and sing together physically, which I miss tremendously, or when Denise and I will be able to visit John in Seattle, but technology does allow us to fellowship together as a church each Wednesday night through Zoom and our virtual worship services allow Denise and me to worship each week with John. I may not know what will happen tomorrow, but today has opportunities I don’t want to miss.

Do Unto Others

I also take comfort in the opportunities to practice my faith. This is a great time to practice one of the basic teachings of Jesus – care for others as you would yourself. Best practices to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus require wearing a mask in public. I take encouragement in the reality that we wear a mask to protect others from the virus, not to protect ourselves. What a wonderful opportunity to easily practice one of the basic tenets of the Christians faith! This time of pandemic is an excellent opportunity to visibly show our concern for others by simply wearing a mask.

I am praying for the day when this pandemic is under control and life is more stable. In the meantime, I will continue to look for opportunities to grow in my reliance on God and to show my care for others in very real and practical ways.