Corona Virus (or COVID-19) was a new name a few months ago and now not an hour goes by without hearing it. It is affecting every aspect of our lives with daily decisions about how to live in isolation, what medical resources are available, should I return to my passport country, how do I answer my children’s questions, and what if I disagree with my spouse about what to do. And we find ourselves asking, “How do I live a life of faith in the midst of these challenges?”
As you know, I have been working with others these past 3 years to bring trauma healing to those in pain. And right now, due to the virus, together, we are all experiencing a common trauma. One of my friends with SIL, Diana Spann, shared this recently and it is worth resharing.
As an introduction to trauma healing, let's begin with three core beliefs we hold as a part of how God designed us.
This stress can elicit all kinds of feelings including fear, anger, sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety. As some of our usual coping methods are limited, we may feel a lot of emotions that we can't explain.
But, God is near to the brokenhearted and He wants to restore what trauma destroys. To restore us to those principles of well-being and even for some to experience them for the first time.
How does this happen? What you have been supporting through the years I now offer to you. God designed us to heal in community and we have developed resources to help. If you would like to be a part of an on-line group to process what is happening, email me at email@example.com or call me at 765-603-3643. My international life has been disrupted through the end of May, but I am excited to see how God is going to use this time to reach out to my local communities, churches, and supporters to be a resource to them.
Not only do we want to respond, but also be a guide. We know that times of crisis are actually the most fertile times of spiritual transformation. We don't intentionally look for a crisis, but let us come beside each other during this time and find a way together to be stretched, to grow, to process, and to find healing.
Thank you for your continued love and support,
If you are feeling any of these reactions, first remember it is normal. Reach out to me, let's talk. Also, visit https://disasterrelief.bible/ for more resources
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Misty Bodkins has a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She has worked both stateside and internationally doing counseling, training, teaching, and research. Her passion is working with people who are in crisis.