I recently enjoyed a long conversation with my former running coach from, gasp, fifty-three years ago. Jimmy and I discussed so many things including families, life in general, politics, the pandemic, social isolation, and disruption of our regular routines. When we were running, he would use the term accumulated fatigue. Accumulated fatigue is when the effects of one workout build up and transfer to the next training session. Accumulated fatigue is what so many are currently experiencing in their daily lives. The feeling can be overwhelming.
What do we do to change this situation? Jesus’ promise in Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”. This gives us so much hope. Reaching out to others and inviting them to join us in our many ways of worship can bring hope and relief from the fatigue. Bonnie Taylor stated our thoughts very eloquently. This is a text I received from her last week.
“Yesterday I was out running errands and I ran into someone from our church family. It was like a breath of fresh air and we were so excited to spend a few minutes catching up! We both miss hearing the choirs, attending Women’s Bible Study in person, sharing time in our life groups, cooking for Wednesday night dinners, and eating in the Fellowship Hall. The good news is that we have so much to look forward to when it is safe to resume all of our activities.”
Bonnie is so right! We have much to look forward to and much that we can share with others. Prayers for peace, comfort and love for each of you.
By Bev Anthony, Elder