There were a lot of responses to yesterday’s Jeopardy question.  Thanks for reading and responding. In the process, I learned a new word covidoptimization.  Very clever Rebecca but not the answer. “The process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demand, is the definition of resilience.

Being or learning to become more resilient will benefit us as we continue this walk through the valley of COVID19.  My sense of expectancy is strong and I have no doubt that we’ll get through this crisis but I’m also realistic that it’s a marathon (not to be determined by a projected date on a calendar) and the impacts will be wide ranging and long lasting.  Understanding, supporting and helping in the healing emotionally, physically and spiritually will be complicated. (Again this is not a diagnosis rather an observation and my opinion.)

We know that there is a lot of writing and research on resiliency.  In a TEDx Talk, Lucy Hone identifies 3 (what she calls) secrets of resilient people.  Resilient people get that stuff (she uses s more descriptive word) happens. Bad things occur.  It is a part of life. Resilient people are good at choosing where they focus their attention. They focus on things they can control not on what they cannot control.  Resilient people ask themselves the question: Is what I’m doing helping me or harming me?
In Resilience Roadmap by Merritt Schreiber, Ph.D. he writes that healthy thinking (being resilient) consists of accepting what you can’t change, adapting to the situation, avoiding comparisons, maintaining a hopeful outlook, focusing on mission and keeping a sense of humor.

We want to encourage you to build up your resiliency. It will be helpful to you and for all of us if we stay physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy during these times. We invite you to focus on one of Hone’s secrets or Schreiber’s actions. Perhaps, do your own search but focus on an action or attitude that will help you become more resilient.

 

Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,  who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials,  so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,  for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Reflection Questions:
What do you want to leave as your legacy and who will inherit it?
When you hear the words “the genuineness of your faith” what does that mean to you?
What outcomes are you receiving from your faith?

Prayer: Holy God, keep my body strong, my mind focused and my faith expectant as I deal with whatever comes my way.  Let the genuineness of my faith be visible and let others receive the blessing of my actions. Amen.

 

Announcements

Sunday we will start livingstreaming 15 minutes before the service which begins at 9:45 a.m.  Music will fill this time in preparation for Worship.

Zoom Bible Study will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week at 10:00 a.m. We will look at the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. If you would like to be a part of this study please email bruce@pineshorespres.org or karen@pineshorespres.org. and to receive log on information.

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service via livestream begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

Send more pictures so that we can share with our PIne Shores family on Sunday. You can email us at info@pineshorespres.org.

Send prayer requests for the prayer chain to karen@pineshorespres.org.

Check out Virtual Children’s Church and JOY Company with Miss Allison by going to Pine Shores Presbyterian Church homepage.

 

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