He (Jesus) said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’Matthew 22:37
When we are in the midst of a crisis, it’s quite normal to get focused on survival. Hello human! We wonder, “Will there be enough food – or toilet paper! – at the grocery store?” “Will I get laid off of work?” “Will my retirement income tank?” “Will I or my loved ones get sick?” We likely feel very emotional. We feel deep sympathy for those who are suffering and for the many people working on the front lines in a variety of capacities. We may have opinions about what policies best serve our well-being. It’s OK. Of course we feel concerned.
Our concerns can guide us to a deeper acquaintance with ourselves. If we choose, we can grow through this experience, not just survive it. Suffering and anxiety map the places where we aren’t yet awake to the Divine in us. That is how this time of corona virus is a profound opportunity. Don’t waste it. Rather, ask yourself these essential questions, “What does my soul need? Where in me am I ready to feel the Presence of God?”
Old memories may bubble up. Old wounds may surface to be healed. Present irritations may be guideposts to old victimizations. Take whatever presents itself in you and invite in the healing Christ to love who are today, who you were yesterday, and who you will become tomorrow. This is what your soul needs. This is where you are ready to feel the Presence of God.
This prayer from Unity’s Daily Word, Wednesday, August 27, 1924 can give loving encouragement to you and your soul.
Guidance: A Prayer
I now let go of my human understanding and allow the wisdom of the living Christ presence within to guide me. As I turn my thoughts toward God, limitations dissolve. New depths of spiritual understanding unfold in my mind, and divine solutions set my world in order. I now move forward with confidence and strength, knowing God’s guidance blesses all of my thoughts, words, and actions.
In the Love and Light of the Christ,