Hi everyone. Welcome to July 2020. We are now 4 months into this pandemic in our tenuous little plateau as we all adjust to this “new normal” for the next 12-18 months. So what have we learned over the past 16 weeks? It’s been a difficult journey for us all but definitely one where I think we have all had to step back and re-evaluate our priorities, where we are in our lives at this moment in time and establish what’s most important.
I strongly believe that the spirit of God is allowing this all to happen, whether we see this as good or bad. Bill Gates sums it up all so beautifully.
Covid-19 is reminding us that we are all equal regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. Right Tom Hanks !
It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an affect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us by oppressing us for a short time, of those folks in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will of course get sick.
It is reminding us that life is short and what is most important for us to do is to help each other, especially those who are old and sick.
It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how when in times of difficulty we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine), as opposed to the luxuries that we often unnecessarily give value to.
It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is, and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so that we can re-build them into our home and strengthen our family unit.
It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another. Our true work is to seek out God’s desire for our lives, to follow His lead and to trust in His guidance.
It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. That no matter how great we think we are, or how great others may think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.
It is reminding us that the power of free will is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other to share, to give, to help and support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard and only look after ourselves. Indeed it is in times of difficulties that bring out our true colours.
It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the beginning of the end of the world and consequently cause ourselves more harm than good.
It is reminding us that this can either be an end, or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be a start of a cycle which will continue, until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.
It is reminding us that after every difficulty there is ease. Life is cyclical and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic, this too shall pass.
Whereas many see the Coronavirus as a great disaster, prefer to see it as a great corrector. It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.
One last thought: “Make sure to test positive for faith. Keep distant from doubt and isolate from fear. Trust Jesus through it all. Jesus we trust in you” !! MJ’s July 2020 “food for thought”. Enjoy this warm summer sunshine everyone. See you all in August.
Love MJ xo
MJ

MJ

Program Facilitator

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