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Cabin Fever

We’ve all experienced it, and, my guess is that most of us are experiencing some form of it now in our own way. I know I am.

For me, it’s not cabin fever in the sense of being stuck in the house all day.

I’ve been blessed to be at the church most days, checking on the campus and managing the new ways we are having to do ministry. Rather, my cabin fever is more along the lines of being paralyzed... emotionally, mentally, even spiritually from time to time. It’s an exhaustion for me, not from overworking (God for sure knows millions of people worker harder than I could ever imagine, in particular those working at the grocery stores right now… I admire them greatly!). No, this exhaustion comes from what feels like a constant slow motion of time, almost being stuck in time with no discernable way to navigate it.

Endurance is what we must embrace in times like this, an endurance that only comes from the grace of God. It isn’t something we ourselves can conjure. It’s origin is God and God alone. God’s endurance does not fail.

Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Brothers and sisters, whatever level of cabin fever you may be experiencing, and whatever its source may be, may you embrace the endurance of God. May you persevere in finding God in the still, quiet places were frustration and exhaustion are defeated by God’s faithfulness and love. May you capture God’s endurance in prayer, creation, and worship.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, keep you safe and make you strong, this night and always. Amen.

Fr. Brian+

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