Spiritual Growth Moment ~ June 20, 2021 ~ A year of reset.
by Hayden Kirby
The year of the great reset. From both a personal and professional standpoint, this year brought significant new stressors and anxiety. If I flip the narrative and try to take a “glass half full” perspective on the adjustments we all made with COVID, it has become glaringly apparent the importance of the church in my life. Times of stress bring me-and I venture to say most of us- closer to God. Whether right or not, it’s the moments of fear, indecision, and the unknown where we reach to God the most and rely on faith for guidance and reassurance. Never has that been more apparent than this last year with the pandemic. In those first months, when so much was unknown, I recall praying before my hospital shifts that I would stay safe and not bring home this new illness to my family. Medical workers I knew were separating from their families to avoid potentially getting them sick. That wasn’t an option for my family so we lived on edge until more was known. I yearned to go to the church, to sit in our beautiful sanctuary. I so missed those mornings with my family in church together. Those perfect Sunday mornings which had seemed to serve as a weekly “reset” for us in our busy lives.