5 Ways COVID-19 Feels Like Infertility

It is interesting to hear people’s experience with COVID-19 and how similar it feels to infertility. All of us are navigating through the challenges and discovering new normals. Many of us are hurting financially and emotionally as we find ourselves stuck in our homes with or without income or constant connection. Each Sunday, I listen to my pastor ask good questions about this season and I try to conger up answers around areas of loss but this is not unfamiliar territory. Infertility feels like a Bootcamp of harsh reality and immense grief that I unwillingly enrolled in over seven years ago that has me walking in COVID-19 with a few minor aches and pains.

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Six Ways to Practice Resurrection this Eastertide

Today marks the second week of Eastertide, the season of which we celebrate the risen Christ. For fifty days we get to celebrate and feast, remembering Him who annihilated sin and death once and for all. For fifty days we have the chance to lean into the power of resurrection and worship with joy knowing that it is finished! Christ has risen and our souls, once darkened by sin, now rise with Him in victory. This time is set aside specifically for the people of God to remember, celebrate and become more deeply acquainted with our redeemed ourselves.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: He is Risen!!

I write this blog as the morning sun begins to rise and blind me from typing. My eyes are watering from it’s brilliant warmth on my face and I can’t ignore the overwhelming joy that I feel when I write about Easter morning. It has always been my favorite time of year, even as a young child. There’s just something about the springtime light that brings life to my soul. Even growing up in Alaska when there was still snow on the ground this time of year, the sun always seemed to shine brightest on this day.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Holy Saturday

Today marks the day Jesus laid in his tomb. Engulfed by cold stone, his body laid in pitch black darkness bruised and broken for us. Let us remember this day by being in darkness. Keep the light switches down and the lamps off. Light a candle if you must. Remember Christ’s dark tomb every time you go to turn on a light and thank him for taking on the darkness so we may be in the light.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Good Friday

Today is a somber day marked by the brutal and gruesome journey Jesus made to the cross for us. I would usually find myself at the Portland Grotto to walk through the Stations of the Cross, stopping and praying at each station. I would see an array of flowers on each station as the many visitors leave them as they walk the trail but this year is different. With COVID-19 these stations and many stations like this are closed to the public. So I went on a hunt for virtual stations and here’s what I found.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Passover

Do you remember the last time you broke bread with your friends or family? It feels like forever since we have sat across the table from someone, eaten a good meal and enjoyed the presence of people. Reading today’s passage brings longing to my heart and breaks it simultaneously. Here’s Jesus sitting with his closest friends, eating and drinking all the while shady Judas is plotting to betray him. What impeccable timing, Jud! But this is how the story unfolds; this is where the journey to the cross begins for Jesus and how fitting for it to begin during the Passover feast.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Clean the inside of the cup

The human expressions of Jesus are simply beautiful as you read through the Gospels. The God who became human and made his dwelling among us experienced joy and pain, laughter and tears. One emotion that I love to read within these narratives is when Jesus gets angry but his anger is righteously directed. It can be hard to read because perhaps we like nice Jesus better but we can’t gloss over these verses, they are chalked full of righteous anger and for a good reason too.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Give to God What is God’s.

The news is on a lot these days. From our current crisis with COVID-19 and before with the primaries. Our heads are full information and opinions that affect us more than many of us realize. The tension is real and the differing opinions are strong and numerous. It can be easy to get lost in the scuffle and forget that we belong to a different Kingdom entirely.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: The Fig Tree

As we enter into the second day of Holy Week and our fifth week of social distancing, let us be reminded of what comes with this season: new life! The Springtime trees and flowers cry out this message with glorious colors and perfumes. Today we will read about a fruit tree that bore a flourish of green but was missing something big.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: Palm Sunday

We start our Stay Holy, Stay Home journey today through the last few chapters of Matthew. As we continue to social distance, wear masks, and deal with the very new daily anxieties that today brings with COVID-19, let us walk on steady ground as we follow Jesus to the cross and celebrate his resurrection.

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