During this health crisis most of us have felt some level of concern, anxiety or fear. We can go through the range of sadness to loss to grief as we cope with the isolation and depression. For some, these emotions hit you all of a sudden, like a wave that takes you under. Others feel that these emotions crept quietly into their soul day by day until they felt overwhelmed by the heaviness they bring. This can feel bigger than all of us because so much is out of our control. Additionally, if you already wrestled with your emotional and mental health before the coronavirus, now it all might feel amplified. One author has referred to our current situation as a “collective dark night of the soul.” It’s very difficult to navigate. How do we deal with this?
Thankfully, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1). He knows all about our pain, emotionally and mentally, and we can cast all our anxieties on him because he cares for us (1 Pet 5:7). He gives us hope and healing. We fix our eyes on the God and king that restores our soul and leads us through these dark valleys (Ps 23). We recall to mind that, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16). We don’t want you to struggle alone. If you don’t already have community, we encourage you to seek out people to walk alongside you. You might consider seeking out a professional counselor to help you. Whatever it is that you need, we want to journey with you.
Here are some resources that may help you:
- Journey Groups- Community is so vital during this season, even if it is virtual. We encourage you to find a group to walk alongside you.
- Lay Counseling – Our trained volunteers would love to journey alongside you (virtually for now) and offer biblical guidance.
- Freedom Prayer – facilitated prayer that will invite you to walk in more freedom and wholeness. Currently meeting virtually.
- Speak with our Crisis Care Pastor, Wes Body, by emailing .
Professional Christian Counselors –
- In this season, many professional counselors are counseling digitally. Visit our website HERE to get a list of counselors in our area. To find out which counselors are offering virtual services, please contact their office directly.
National Crisis Text line-Text HOME to 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor
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