THE UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS OF COVID-19
As I have reached out to Bethelites over last months, one of the questions I have repeatedly asked is: “What challenges have you faced as a result of COVID-19, and what unexpected blessings has it brought?” You are probably well aware of the challenges of COVID 19. The blessings might surprise you.
Many have grown deeper in their relationship with God: One person told me that he has grown in gratitude, because the pandemic has made him aware of all the blessing’s he had been taking for granted. Several people told me they talk to God more now, or talk to Him at a deeper level.
Many have grown deeper in their relationships with others: A number of families said they feel closer to one another because they have had more time together and fewer distractions. “Our children fought a lot at the start of the pandemic but, as time went on, they got to know one another and became fast friends,” said one parent.
I loved one couple’s story about spending Christmas week with their young adult children who were home from school. Since the kids couldn’t visit friends, they invested in their immediate family. It was a bonding experience for everyone.
One woman experienced healing in her relationship to a sibling. One extended family has been connecting regularly on Zoom—something they did not do before the pandemic.
Another family plans to maintain a regular “family day” after the pandemic because they have found the extra time together so beneficial.
More blessings of COVID: Some of the blessings I learned of were not related to relationships. Some are celebrating that they have been free of colds and flu. Many feel the pleasure in a slower, less frenetic life. One person told me that this time has helped him to prepare for retirement.
It is good to reflect on what GOOD things we have as a result of the coronavirus. It reminds us that God is still at work for our good, and this should fill us with gratitude and joy. What unexpected blessings has COVID-19 brought you?
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