Day 72 of coronavirus in France

Day 21 of enforced confinement

Mickael has volunteered to be transferred to a ward that treats COVID-19 patients. In midst of this crisis. He says the crisis team is more harmonious than any team he’s ever worked on. Every level of doctors, nurses, and aides respect and value each other and everyone pitches in. Chiropractic surgeons are putting voluntary surgeries on hold to do the work of a nurse’s aid, spending the day rolling bodies of COVID-19 patients who are in an artificial coma. The nurse’s aids are valued teammates. This is a new reality.

Humility has become a strength. The ability to value the other person’s contribution. The ability to care for another person’s interest even while you, yourself are still hurting.

“Every day I pray. Dear Lord, today help me be not so selfish, not be so self-centered, not be so narcissistic. God please help me show unconditional love without expecting a response. Avoid being critical or judgmental.” — Dr. George Slaughter.

Our eyes are opened to the hurting people around us. Some well-meaning people blame the containment for mental health problems of despair and loneliness, or interpersonal conflict, strained relationships, and abuse. But these problems already existed beneath the surface they were just well hidden behind masks and coping mechanisms. If you become aware of someone in a precarious situation, help them find safety immediately. Calling for an end to the confinement as a solution does not bring people the healing they truly need.

If you are a person who is healthy enough to be able to laugh during this trauma, then you are being called on mission. Pick-up the phone and call someone who is in a precarious situation. You almost can’t miss. Everyone has extra stress, and everyone has fewer coping mechanisms. Call the battered person and find them the refuge they have needed for so long. Call the lonely person, be a listening ear, begin the journey with them toward wholeness. Call someone and be a light of hope in their despair. You might not be a counselor, but you can ask a few questions: What is your biggest fear? What coping mechanisms usually renew your strength when times are tough? What new coping mechanisms would be helpful for you during this time?

Share your uplifting stories of light and life to brighten up the world and start a Jesus pandemic in your neighborhood.

Supermarkets are inviting healthcare workers to wear their id’s proudly and pass to the front of the line. (source)

What other awakenings are you grateful for today?

unsplash-logoCallum Skelton

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