What exactly is ‘essential’?

We’ve been seeing this word just about everywhere. Non-essential and essential travel. Non-essential and essential events. Non-essential workers, non-essential workforce and many of us now depending on essential workers.

I am constantly asking my children who want to leave the house, is it actually essential? This morning my daughter said to me how amazed at what she has taken for granted, what she may have thought of as essential before coronavirus. It makes me think what is actually essential for me now? What is truly essential?

What is essential for you? Today, for the first time I feel truly frightened by all this. We have not seen the worst of this yet. And I pray for God’s mercy in the midst of all this. One thing for sure is I know is essential for me right now — that is keeping me from totally losing it all to fear– is my faith in a God that says death does not have the last word. That light and life will always make a way. No matter what.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27
When I was about 13 years old and would have bad dreams and couldn’t sleep, my father would open the small Bible I had at my bedside to Psalm 27. He said , “Before you put your head on your pillow, read this psalm and you will not be afraid.

Day 33 #pilgrimagetojoy