I recently met with a couple preparing for their wedding ceremony that will take place in a few months. They are both in the medical profession and are clearly fatigued. Today the reported space for critically ill patients is in high demand amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. Currently, 88% of Sarasota Memorial’s COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated. This got me thinking about my energy level. I used a 1 to 10 scale as a way to measure it.  I don’t want to shock anyone, but I can report I’m tired of COVID-19.  In fact I’m over it but it’s not over – yet.  So, I found some common sense actions that one can do to counter the effects of the fatigue of COVID-19, such as, choose to move, have an expectant attitude and think constructively. Look for activities new and old that are life-giving to you. Limit how much social media you are exposed to and be mindful of the type of news you are consuming (my favorite ones express more gratitude) and be gentle on yourself. All common sense stuff but it’s good to be reminded.  COVID-19 is not going away yet and we need to keep our strength up if we’re going to be effective in caring for others. What I want you to hear is the depth of caring for others leads us toward the values, attitudes, and the orientation of God’s way… it points us toward what God is like. It’s true “without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.”  Rephrasing an old Aesop quote, “No act of caring, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:2
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill
the law of Christ.”

Reflection Questions:
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being lowest) how tired of COVID-19 are you?
Who bears your burdens?
How are you caring for yourself?

Prayer: Holy God, let me be guided by a caring Spirit and let me use my gifts to carry the burdens of others. Strengthen my resolve to be steadfast in my faithfulness.  Amen.