• Barbara Roy

Happy Merry Joyeux Natale

Updated: Jan 17

As we approach another holiday and a new year, this year's holiday experience is unusual. Actually, saying this sounds familiar, like something I wrote at Thanksgiving last year.

Many of us are tired of Covid (notice how it has morphed into a nickname?) being at the center of our lives. There's actually even terminology for it; according to some sources, it's called "pandemic fatigue".

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

It is hard to move on with new message about variants, vaccines, regulations and more chasing us down daily. This time of year is particularly hard due to feeling the real effects of absent family members and people who were so recently key in our lives. The unfinished state of Covid itself makes it more difficult to move forward from losses and grieving, find motivation for change, and remap our collective future.

But, to grow strong again, we need to move on from fear, grief, anger and pain. This type change is difficult to choose. It can be different for each individual, family and environment, making it seem like there's no end in sight. Moving forward can feel like leaving something behind when it's really more about us becoming unstuck.

Wherever you are, and whatever your current feelings about Covid, be kind to yourself and others this season. We need each other to define a better tomorrow.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,“ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)