Shock, denial, anger, sadness, despair, fear…..cycling through these emotions, sometimes daily, or several times throughout the day, is the current state for many in our land. I have experienced these emotions myself throughout this time of isolation. I have read and heard of it in others. In a land where we are used to such freedom, these feelings combined with confinement seems all the more difficult to process.
Hebrews 13: 16-18 “ And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” “Obey your leaders, and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” “Pray for us…” (NASB)
Social distancing, self-quarantine, flatten the curve, shelter in place, PPEs (personal protective equipment), contact tracing, community spread – These are some of the new words now in our daily vocabularies. Words that before were foreign to most of us. The Covid-19 pandemic virus has changed not only how we live temporarily but also how we speak.
It’s the week of Christmas and, for many, the season can bring unresolved tension, trauma, and concerns to the surface. At Summit, we value the mental and spiritual health of our partners. Therefore, we are pleased to provide a new service to partners of Summit just in time for the Holidays. We hope these videos will serve leaders, pastors, and people in the privacy of their own offices and homes.
summitlifeA Letter from Michele, Summit’s Caring Director
After returning home from the grocery store, I noticed the bins of Halloween candy priced at 75% off next to the Christmas lights, ribbons, and trees. A Thanksgiving turkey candle was squeezed between the sale candy and Christmas decorations. My heart rate suddenly increased. “It’s here” I thought. Summer is really over and it is time for – The Holidays.
This term – The Holidays – is lumped together to include all the celebrations from October 31st to January 1st. People begin the headlong rush into preparations for this time of year.
In this series, we will look at ways we contribute in making The Holidays stressful. We will also find ways to avoid celebratory pitfalls which leave us frustrated, depleted, and depressed. Achieving balance and joy in keeping “Thanks” in Thanksgiving and “Christ” in Christmas takes intentionality and planning.
summitlifeThe Caring Blog: Stress and The Holidays