The Center

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Like storm clouds gathering, I felt the darkness creeping in the last couple of weeks. I fought hard to stave it off. Yet, it’s a battle I wage from time to time. 

Just as I sensed clarity and brightness in my well-being, the world fell victim to COVID-19. Each day’s news included escalating numbers of cases and staggering deaths. No treatment, no vaccine, no real plan for a pandemic. I began to read and listen.
 
It is a topic hard to push aside. My best try was to take time off from social media and online news. And yet what I’m trying to ignore seeps in. 
 
On May 25, 2020, it was as if a second catalyst took our country by storm. George Floyd, an African-American man, was murdered in Minneapolis by a police officer.
 
By Friday, protests began across the country. Another virus captured our attention — systemic racism. Peaceful protests became riotous, destructive crowds at the hands of opportunistic fringe groups.
 
On Saturday, over breakfast, I melted down. The darkness had crept in stealthily. Now, I was lost in it. Tears flowed.
 
How did I get so lost in it all? Where had the light and clarity gone?
 
Like a whisper, a voice spoke: Here I am. I’m always here. I will never leave you.
 
The news around me and the situations impacting my life had caused me to move away from my center. I’d lost sight of what is and should be the center of my days and nights.

…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
entangle. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

Here’s to staying close to The Center.

Featured image attribution: Lisa Yount from Pixabay 

 

 

 

14 Replies to “The Center”

  1. Thank you for sharing. I so indentify with this!

    1. *identify* 😊

      1. Susanne, thanks so for your comment that you identify with this. I struggled over three or four days to get my thoughts and words down. Tossed my draft from yesterday and started over this morning. Some days I’m not sure I know who I am! 🙂

        1. This week was particularly rough for me too. It’s a struggle to look away from everything that’s going on, to the One who is on the throne.

          1. My struggle exactly.

  2. Such a different world we live in now, my goodness… This is what many people are feeling. Thank you for sharing. God bless you, and all your ways 🙏🏼

    1. Hello and welcome, indeed our world is very different. Thank you for blessing me with your words and your site. It has been a gracious find.

      1. My pleasure and likewise, my dear 😊

  3. Hebrews 12:1-2 resonates with me too! I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever. Amen!

    Blessings to you and Bob . . .

    1. Ah, Marian, why am I not surprised to learn we both favor Hebrews 12:1-2? Yes, “the same yesterday, today and forever. Amen!”

      Blessings to you and Cliff … and stay safe and well!

  4. “Choose life!”

    1. Yes, Evelyn, “Choose life!” Truth well written.

  5. You are experiencing the cross-currents of multiple storms, Sherrey. We all are, but in different ways. Thank you for sharing what sustains you in the gale. You help sustain me too. Thank you.

  6. Shirley, hello! It seems ages we’ve been in touch. Thank you for the phrase “the cross-currents of multiple storms.” And the remainder of your comments were sustaining. I always remember the opportunity Bob and I enjoyed in meeting you and Stuart a few years ago. Stay safe and well.

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