Can you feel the shift in the atmosphere?
It has been a challenging year all-around mainly because of Covid-19 deaths. The death of a loved one is a significant loss, and for many, it was compounded by not being able to be with their loved one at death or burial.
Besides the loss of loved ones, there were wildfires, floods, and hurricanes that took lives and properties. In addition, there was a loss of jobs, businesses, and financial stability. Also, loss of freedom, social interactions, marriages, friends, homes, and dreams. On top of all this, we have had civil unrest and political turmoil.
The nation is grieving losses, and there is a spirit of heaviness over us. My concern is that many people may not even be aware that they are grieving a loss or suffering from trauma. Front-liners are also weary from the battle.
Losing anything significant to you can cause you to have grief, and it is normal to grieve. But in this most difficult time, we have had so much compounded loss. “Trying” to be strong is good, but be aware that sometimes you need to grieve to heal and regain your strength, and sometimes you just need to refocus.
I encourage you to assess your health, feelings, and emotions to see if it could be coming from a loss. If so, there are some practical things you can do to move toward overcoming and healing.
Understand that grief and trauma can trigger many different and unexpected emotions and health problems.
Seek out support from people who care about you and get help if you need it.
Support yourself emotionally by taking care of yourself physically.
Even more important for overcoming and healing is to strengthen your faith.
Spend time with the Lord and in His word.
Refocus yourself from the chaos of this world to your heavenly position.
Exercise your Kingdom authority to shift the atmosphere.
Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
As I thought about all of this, I realized that the Church could play a significant role in bringing people out of this place and help to shift the atmosphere. Loss and grief counseling, compassion, empathy, love, and practical help are needed. Encourage your people to open up about their feelings. Then find ways to help those experiencing grief and trauma. It is an opportune “time to shine” with the Love of God.
Seek help if needed, and encourage one another in the faith.
"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." 1Th 5:11