Embrace the Isolated Day
How motivated have you felt lately in this period of isolation? It's definitely been a challenge to get to bed on time and get up early enough, to keep to a routine, knowing that it will be yet another day at home. However, God helps us to see that it is possible to be joyful, to find the motivation and keep pushing on, being disciples who reach out even through isolation. I know for myself, being at home with a four month old is definitely a daily blessing, seeing her growth, smiles and laughs make the days joyful just through having her present. God shows us that though we are isolated, it's still possible to be joyful and grateful for the day. This may mean being more strict with our daily plans, taking time for prayer, watching daily mass, being present with family and not always centred around a television or some form of social media. There are many ways that we can be present to the joy God is sending, and fulfill our mission as disciples just by being present. Are you embracing the days, even in isolation?
Today's Reading states: 'O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually! O offspring of Abraham his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He is mindful of his covenant for ever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac' (Psalms 105:1-4, 6-9).
Today's reading talks about how we need to give thanks to God and seek the joy in every moment. It's challenging to do this right now, especially when we are living in a time of isolation. I find for myself, it's so much easier to laugh, to find the joy, when being in community with those closest to me, having a short visit, time to chat, play some games. When you're confined to your home and not able to go out, it tends to go against our very human nature, to be in community, to be disciples who go out and spread the good news through our words and actions. However, even in this time of isolation, God is working though us, pushing us to do our best, to find joyful moments, to have what we need to thrive and survive. Though it may be harder to find our daily purpose when we can't be disciples who go out, there are ways we can connect, help those through our words, through being attentive at home, taking time for prayer and being people of faith. Take some time today in prayer, asking God to help you be His disciple even in this time of isolation.
Today we pray:
Thank you for helping me to know You in my life. Help me hold true to my mission as Your child, and still be a disciple in any way that I can in my period of isolation.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.