Covid-19 Hugs, Hope and Peace

Here we are weeks into our journey through Covid-19. How are you doing? Is this starting to feel a little normal now?

One of the things that I find now is when watching TV and seeing old shows of people in crowds, such as concerts and parades, my heart drops for a second. Is that what we did? Did we live that close to each other? The view is different now, will it ever go back to exactly the way it was? Should it ever go back to the way it was? I’m not so sure.

Yesterday I was given a blessing that I knew was a blessing before Covid, but experiencing it now the blessing is deeper and one I will never take for granted again. Our daughter, son in law and granddaughters stopped by to “drop something off”. My daughter is an amazing cook, so I thought it was some goodies, which are always welcome. I heard the truck pull up, I was in my sewing room making masks (who would ever have thought that would be part of a new normal) and I heard the knock at the door and the faces of my two granddaughters were there. I opened the door expecting them to step back, but this time I felt the thrust of warmth around my waist as their arms wrapped around me in loving hugs. I will be honest it took my brain a few minutes to take in what was happening, it had been a long while, many weeks in fact since I felt the hugs from these two very special people. Hugs from my daughter and son in law completed that joy and made my heart in overwhelm and the tears came.

We live in BC, Canada and some of our lock down restrictions have been lifted. After much conversation between my son in law and daughter they have given the go ahead for hugs on greeting and saying good bye as our first step to our new normal as parents / grandparents. I was over joyed! This is a big step as parents to make, and I don’t take their decision lightly. We still have to keep distance for the most part and sleep overs are on the back burner, but the initial contact is overwhelmingly sweet.

“Hugs are under estimated, especially when they come from those that hold your heart in their hands.” is my new quote.

This makes me think of something else we take for granted, our relationship with Jesus. Don’t forget, this is the one relationship we have that we don’t have be quarantined from because of Covid-19. God is faithful and walks through this time with us. I don’t understand why things happen the way they do, and that is certainly true with this time in history. I have my questions of Jesus and I think I will be waiting into eternity before I get the answers. I find great comfort in knowing that the “hugs” we get from Him can’t be taken away, or restricted. They aren’t the physical kind of hugs are they? They come in the forms of many different things and none as great as through the Bible. Special verses, you know, the ones that grip your heart at just the right time. This verse was in my devotions a week ago and it brought a sense of calm.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit”. Jeremiah 17:7,8

We have access to the spring of living water and that is Jesus. This life holds many unanswered questions, and most of them we won’t ever get to see the why. The ‘fear’ and ‘heat’ we face in life right now with this virus and all that it has taken over, does not have to take us down. He holds us close and sees what we are going through.. We don’t see with our eyes or feel with our skin the love He pours out, but our hearts know, and at times we realize there is peace where it makes no sense, or at least to us it makes no sense. It is the peace that passes all understanding. He understands the pain some are facing, the loneliness others are facing and the horrendous grief yet others are consumed by. We are promised that when we give our lives to Him that one day we will be in a place where He will wipe away every tear. We may not have the answers to the why, but we can have hope in Him that stands at the door of our hearts. You aren’t alone. Jesus is with you where ever you are. I am here to pray for you and together we walk this time in history.

Yesterday, the hugs that I got from some of my family filled my heart in a way that I never knew it could. I know that Jesus fills my heart in unexpected ways too. The love of family, the sunsets, the rain, a card, a smile… how have you felt His presence in this time? You can face tomorrow with hope because Jesus will live in your heart if you would just open it up to Him.

Hugs n Prayers

Jackie

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