The year 2020 started in the most usual way – ringing in a new year with dreams, goals and resolutions. But three months in and it has come to a screeching halt – like a literal stop that no one would or could expect – a global pandemic. Just typing the words brings up uncertain feelings and the thought of “can this be real”.
I vacillate between calm and anxious depending on the moment. My introverted self is thrilled to not have the dreadful feeling of deciding whether or not to say “no” to the next event, engaging in small talk or the never-ending cycle of busyness. But then the thrill fades to the realization that this is not sustainable- sickness looming, business’ closed, people closed off to the world outside, jobs lost and kids being “home” schooled. Yes, I am thankful for the online connections we can still maintain, but people are meant for human interaction – even those of us that prefer silence and being by ourselves.
There is a big difference between choosing to have some quiet space and being forced to stay cut off from human touch. We were not created to be behind screens with no real community.
The number one source of peace can be found in the Bible – John 16:33, Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 4:8, Isaiah 12:2 – just to get you started!
Here are a few books that cover the topic of peace: