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057: Relational Goodness in Times of Crisis

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Hello everyone and welcome to today’s episode where today we reflect on the impact the coronavirus is having on our relationships. There’s no shortage of information about the virus itself. How it’s affecting our physical health, advice how to take care of our self, the impact on the economy, and the disruption in our normal daily life. I don’t want to talk about any of that. Instead, I want to talk about what I mentioned in my Every Wednesday email from last week where I asked listeners to share with me examples of anything positive they have seen coming out of the coronavirus health crisis we are in. I asked for specific, concrete stories , anything that someone saw, heard, or experienced that would encourage people. So today’s episode is all about the positive, all about the goodness found in the challenging times we are in. So here’s the first response: A listener by the name of David writes: “I have been working from home and have been able to see my daughter more than usual and have witnessed firsthand how hard Brittney works as a stay at home mom! It has been a blessing to have this time with them and not rush out the door every morning. “ ____________________ From a listener who wishes to remain anonymous: * My wife called both our elderly widowed neighbors just to check in and make sure they had what they needed and were doing OK; they were surprisingly calm and offered to share their supplies if we needed anything * My wife has also been sharing (digitally) devotional teachings with friends from our gym who are struggling with anxiety * I purposely have gone out several times in the past few days to the grocery stores, Starbucks, etc. and observing people thanking grocery workers for serving people In our ministry we're ramping up our efforts this week just to check in with as many of our donors as possible, just to make sure they're doing OK and have some relational connect, and people seem grateful to be hearing from people (of all the negatives of digital media, the ability to stay connected relationally even when not able to physically seems to be an unexpected blessing) ____________________ I came across the following Facebook post recently: "Many years ago, a student asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture.The student expected that she would talk about hooks, clay pots or cave art. But no. She said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a broken and healed femur. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You can't run from danger, go to the river to drink water or hunt food. You are fresh meat for predators. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal. A broken femur that healed is evidence that someone had time to stay with the one who fell, treated the wound, took the person to safety and took care of her until she recovered. 'Helping someone during difficulty is where civilization begins', said Mead." ________________________________________ Help for the anxious. People who struggle with anxiety during less stressful times than we are in now, have most likely broken their worry-meter from over use at the present time. But someone has developed something that could very well help them. It’s a YouTube Video with Bible verses that deal with anxiety. It’s 2 hours and 43 minutes of a woman with a very soothing voice simply reciting Bible verses that speak to the issue of worry and anxiety. The verses are repeated, but there are enough of them, you barely notice they’re looped to last over 2 hours. In the background you hear and see a waterfall. It’s very calming. It may open with an ad, but just click on the “skip ads” button you’ll see. ___________________________________________ Single people From a Facebook Group for missionary caregivers I found this post: “If you are on the field, and needing to self isolate due to Coronavirus; kindly remember to check in on the singles among you. There is a stark difference between isolating with a spouse (and possibly children) than isolating alone. Singles, be sure to reach out to others through your preferred means of communication. Others cannot meet needs if they are not aware of them. 14 or more days without contact with others is not good for anyone. May God bless all. This COVID-19 is a tremendous opportunity to let the world around us to see the love of Christ through us. May He, and He alone be glorified.” _______________________________ Business ConvertKit, an email service provider similar to Mail Chimps. Set up a $50,000 fund to help their small business clients whose businesses have taken a nose dive because the impact of the virus on our economy. __________