How Can WE Rise Up?

The current COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world in ways that could not be anticipated. While there is much devastation, illness, and death, unexpected positive outcomes are developing. There is movement to return to what matters most. In quarantine, the pace of life has slowed. Families are spending quality time with one another – going on walks, eating meals together, playing games and assembling puzzles. Family and friends have entered the universe of Zoom as a way to stay connected virtually. The world has united in prayer and fasting for relief from the coronavirus outbreak. People are increasing in faith and turning to God. Across the world, I have seen a return of human decency. It is heartwarming to see human kindness overflowing. Times like these bring out the best in people.

In addition to connecting with families, people are reaching out to others in whatever way they can help. A Mexican restaurant recently packed meals and distributed them at a truck stop to ensure truckers who are delivering supplies to our markets have a warm meal. Thousands of people across the country have risen to the call to sew desperately needed face masks, gowns, and other PPE.

Here are opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways to society:

Here are ideas that can enrich your family and friends:

  • Research your genealogy
  • Start a journal, or write your family history
  • Write and share poetry
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Send handwritten letters to friends and family
  • Practice hand-lettering/calligraphy
  • Enjoy nature walks with family
  • Read scriptures
  • Host a virtual book club
  • Share a family recipe
  • Make signs to post outside someone’s windows

Ultimately, we have been given the opportunity to change our focus and give attention to the most important and meaningful aspects of our lives. People throughout the world are remembering God, who is the source of every blessing and relief. He is our rescue. As we look for opportunities to serve others and improve ourselves, we can emulate the example of Jesus Christ. And when the pandemic is over, it has been said, “Nothing should go back to normal. Normal wasn’t working. If we go back to the way things were, we have lost the lesson. May we rise up and do better.”