It is quite a while since I put my fingers to my keyboard. Like many on shielding I was overwhelmed by a mild depression; a feeling that still lingers if I am honest.
I remember reading the past week that Americans (and I think a great deal of British people) believe in a ‘boot strap’ mentality – if only we or more often ‘they’ would pull ourselves/themselves together, work harder we/they will achieve a better health and life style.
The pandemic is forcing us to challenge this view, we see on the television queues of middle class Americans needing food aid, and our own food bank has seen a greater number of people needing our help. Suddenly holding down a job is not quite as easy as was assumed. Jobs can disappear or change overnight.
Suddenly we need a supportive community for even the basics of life. On our own we can not necessarily overcome depression, yes there is much we can do to help ourselves, but sometimes we need a loving and supportive community around us to see us through our dark days. To care for us in many small ways so we can begin to see we ‘are worth it’.
A prayer for those supporting and those in need of support:
May the Lord bless us and keep us,
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us and give us peace.