Nella Coiro

Coping During these Difficult Times

We are currently living in an atmosphere of unparalleled global fear, suffering, illness,  and death. Like you, I have been trying to wrap my head around all of this, isolating, praying that the virus declines, praying for the health care workers, those who are ill, and those who have lost loved ones. I am also praying that a vaccine is created very soon.  

It can be extremely difficult to feel God’s love and protection during a time when our world is overwhelmed by a deadly pandemic. Globally, over 210 countries and territories are have been effected by this pandemic, and countless people have already died. It’s terrifying and mind-boggling!

Families are grieving the loss of their loved ones, and others are heartbroken that they were not allowed to be with their sick loved one during their final moments, and sadly, these people died without the comfort of having their loved ones near them. Besides this, all of us must remain isolated and distance ourselves from each other at a time where we might need a hug and human contact the most. The overall global pain and fear is intense and palpable. 

We are suddenly faced with our mortality and how tenuous life actually is. Tragedies like this create heroes, and those working in healthcare are nothing short of heroic and selfless. Suddenly people are kinder to one another, and yet, at the same time, afraid to be near other people who might be carrying this virus. Our mixed feelings can be confusing. 

During times of great tragedy, some people will blame and walk away from God, while others will draw closer to their Higher Power. When we are immersed in a terrifying global pandemic like this, it’s hard to see beyond our fear, even though we know that the threat will eventually dissipate, and a vaccine will be created.
I’m in a high risk situation because I’m on dialysis and immune-compromised, and this adds to my anxiety. My dialysis clinic is using every precaution, all patients are screened before entering the building, and the nurses are amazing. Still, three days a week, when I must leave my house and go to dialysis, I’m terrified by the remote possibility of exposure. I’m surviving kidney disease, a day at a time, as well as other health challenges, and I surely don’t want this virus to be the cause of my demise!

So, how am I able to cope with the stress and fear created by this situation aside from prayer? Meditation, mindfulness, writing, and reading words that comfort and inspire me. I also limit the time I spend listening to cable news!

I have found the 23rd Psalm, has been particularly comforting. This particular psalm focuses upon walking through a period of darkness, yet feeling comforted by God’s presence and protection. Here’s The Passion Translation of an excerpt from Psalm 23:

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.
Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

If you would to share some ways that you are coping, or simply say “hi” , I welcome your comments. Just click on the word “comment” below, on the left, then write your message. Stay safe.

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