Fatigue

Luke 18:1-8: Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
 
I am suffering from COVID fatigue: a heaviness originating in the inability to be with people and in the need to work hard to figure out how to do the most minor of tasks in times of distancing. The hardest aspect of it is knowing that everyone else suffers from the same weight.
 
Yet the commonality of our fatigue makes us more compassionate for one another. Every person knows, to a degree, what others are enduring. My hope, especially in the coming weeks, is that I will have enough good days to help others, and that they will have other good days where they can help me.
 
Luke’s Gospel offers a bit of light for anyone under duress or sadness. Luke says, “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” That simple description tells me that God is always as near to me as the words of a prayer. And that presence will come to me, albeit in different ways for now, through the comfort offered by other people who clearly understand my weariness.
 
Experts have told us that, in the coming months, the need for isolation may deepen, given the levels of infection and the onset of flu season. We have difficult days ahead, so we have to find ways to get through, separately but together.
 
I’m tired, specifically of COVID fatigue. But I am trying not to lose heart.
 
Lord, hear our prayer.
 
 
Psalm 102; Malachi 3:1-12; James 5:7-12
Copyright 2020 by Carol Mead.  For noncommercial use and sharing only. For more information on this ministry, and on a free subscription to these meditations, please go to the website (www.holyordinary.com).

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