What Pandemic?

I find it fascinating that you can jumble the letters in pandemic to form these new words:

encamp   pained   media   dampen  and cinema

What's unfortunate is that you can also find the word panic in pandemic. We saw this early on in our country with blaming and hoarding and fearful overdramatization. People became depressed and were afraid to leave their homes. Focusing on political and racial tensions seemed like a volcanic vent through which to release molten mania.

Thankfully, not everyone has been languishing during this time. Consider this message that came out last year from the senior pastor at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia:

"Sometimes I just want it to stop. Talk of COVID, looting, brutality. I lose my way. I become convinced that this 'new normal' is real life. Then I meet an 87-year-old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam protests and yet is still enchanted with life. He seemed surprised when I said 2020 must be especially challenging for him.

'No,' he said slowly, looking me straight in the eyes. 'I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me. I see the world with the realization that we love big. Therefore, I just choose to write my own headlines: 'Husband loves wife today.' 'Family drops everything to come to Grandma's bedside.' He patted my hand. 'Old man makes new friend.' 

"His words collide with my worries, freeing them from the tether I had been holding tight. They float away. I am left with a renewed spirit and a new way to write my own headlines.”

— Andy Stanley

Yes, I shout (can you hear me?)! This kind of new narrative is what Alive 'n Well is all about! To unburden ourselves (sometimes peel off bandaids that haven't been necessary for a while) and live into a new, more healthy present and future! Not to dismiss reality nor ignore societal sins or national issues... but to hear this positivity from a man who has lived through so much negativity is inspiring! Okay, I'm running out of exclamation points, but you get the idea. 😳

Finally, “there are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

—Edith Wharton