For me, Vic, a major part of the 'reorienting" going on in my life and relationships is being "exposed". This poem, shared with me by a friend, opens up a hidden box tucked away in the closet of my heart and soul. Read it slowly once and then come back to it a few more times. Are you being exposed in this time of
"stay at home" living? For more of my story, tune in next week.
"We’ve all been exposed.
Not necessarily to the virus
(maybe...who even knows🤷🏼♀️).
We’ve all been exposed BY the virus."
Corona is exposing us.
Exposing our weak sides.
Exposing our dark sides.
Exposing what normally lays far beneath the surface of our souls,
hidden by the invisible masks we wear.
Now exposed by the paper masks we can’t hide far enough behind.
Corona is exposing our addiction to comfort.
Our obsession with control.
Our compulsion to hoard.
Our protection of self.
Corona is peeling back our layers.
Tearing down our walls.
Revealing our illusions.
Leveling our best-laid plans.
Corona is exposing the gods we worship:
Our sense of security.
Our favorite lies
Our secret lusts
Our misplaced trust.
Corona is exposing the gods we worship...
Corona is calling everything into question:
What is the church without a building?
What is my worth without an income?
How do we plan without certainty?
How do we love despite risk?
Corona is exposing me.
My mindless numbing
My endless scrolling
My careless words
My fragile nerves.
We’ve all been exposed.
Our junk laid bare.
Our fears made known.
The band-aid torn.
The masquerade done.
So what now? What’s left?
What Corona reveals, God can heal.
Come Lord Jesus. Have mercy on us."
by Sarah Bourn
In this time of "reorientation" we find ourselves in a culture of fear and uncertainty. We are on the road of "reorientation" but we can't map the destination because we can't visualize it. We have never been down this road before and it is affecting our marriage and family relationships.
How much are we going to operate out of fear and how much out of love?
We have a window of opportunity to rebuild the foundation of all real love and care — a circle of people, related to one another as brother and sister, who know and are known, love and are loved, and who move out in service to the world.
The question we left you with in our previous blog was; "Are you experiencing an FFT, regarding your marriage and family relationships right now?" Author, speaker, social scientist Brene Brown describes FFT's as "first times"...she says; it is "hard to be new at things – from small things to global pandemics. When we have no relevant experience or expertise, the vulnerability, uncertainty, and fear of these firsts can be overwhelming."
We need each other, to be connected to the people who know us and love us. Monique and I desire to see you deeply connected, not only in your marriage and family, but also with a few others who can support you in the practical day to day journey with Jesus.
We are offering, this month, online marriage workshops that will connect you with others and help you to live out of love not fear with family and friends. For more information, contact us here. This is a first step in a "first time" journey.
Vic and Monique
We are all about helping your marriage thrive.