Aftermath: Rising From the Ashes of a Global Pandemic

March 20 - April 10, 2022

Recovering From Our Weariness

April 10, 2022 • Carrie Jones

Maybe the truest thing about two years is simply that it has caused unprecedented amounts of stress. We have been overwhelmed by everything that has happened, and continues to happen, and we have felt unable to cope with the emotional pressure of it all. For many of us, the stress of COVID has triggered anxiety like we've never known before. For others, it has manifested as an apathy, or a sense of disconnection from the things that usually bring us joy. We are exhausted, unmotivated, and empty. Where is God in the midst of all this stress? And how can we make it through the anxiety and apathy that COVID has inflicted on us?

Healing Our Division

April 3, 2022 • Jeff Lockyer

Perhaps the most laughable line in the poem, "In the Time of Pandemic," is the one that imagined COVID as a time when we would experience "the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways." Regardless of where people came down on the questions of masks, lockdowns, vaccines, and mandates, COVID has often brought out the worst in us, rather than the best, whether in online or in person, whether in the public square or around our own dinner tables. Where is God in the midst of our relational tension? And how can we make it through all of the frustration with each other that has come with COVID?

Grieving Our Loss

March 27, 2022 • Mandy Kasper

There probably isn't a better word to describe our collective experience over the last two years than the word "loss." At one time or another, for one person or another, COVID has taken nearly everything: economic security, health, loved ones, friends, community, weddings and funerals, school and graduations, stability and safety, personal freedom, future dreams, among other things. And every single one of these losses comes with its own grief, the unpredictable and emotional heaviness of letting go. No one has been left untouched. Where is God in the midst of all of this loss? And how can we make it through all of the grief that has come with COVID?

Acknowledging Our Trauma

March 20, 2022 • Michael Krause

In February, 2021, the BBC refered to the global pandemic as the "first global mass trauma event for several decades. It's arguably the first of its kind since World War Two, and likely the first of such severity in your lifetime." It is more than just a contagious disease. It has become a collective trauma that has worn down our mental resiliancy and deeply affected the way we see ourselves, the way we see the world, and the way we see each other. The evidence is in the surge of mental health challenges being faced by greater numbers of people. Where is God in the midst of our trauma? And how can we make it through the mental health challenges of COVID?