Dressing for Spiritual Leadership in a Time of Crisis
Have you ever thought about the importance of dressing for spiritual leadership?
- What do your spiritual leader’s wear during a worship service?
- Do they wear robes or power suits?
- Maybe they wear jeans and a casual shirt?
- What is the reason behind what they wear?
- Do they change what they typically wear in a time of crisis?
- Should they?
Today’s verse, Joel 1:13, gives instructions on dressing for spiritual leadership in a time of crisis.
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Losing Joy During Difficult Times
Given current events in May 2020 many have expressed losing joy during these difficult times. Instead they are experiencing fear as their primary emotion.
Joel 1:12 also speaks about losing joy during difficult times. It describes a time when the entire nation of Judah’s joy dried up.
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What causes shame, distress, or despair to surface in you?
Given the current events of early May 2020 many are struggling with these very emotions. Some are feeling shame, distress, or despair because their personal skillsets were not deemed “essential” which resulted in loss of a livelihood for themselves and their family. Hair salons and barbershops are certainly in this challenging place.
Joel 1:11 describes a similar precarious situation where shame, distress, or despair are not just unpleasant emotions but a call to action.
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How Do You Define What is Essential?
This past week a homeless gentleman came into my workplace and shared a bit of his story with me. This gentleman had spent the previous day sleeping in the rain and had no food or money. Have you considered how all the restrictions for COVID-19 have impacted those who may be homeless in your area? What about the non-profits in your area that help to meet the needs of the homeless such as soup kitchens and shelters?
A friend and coworker of mine is no longer at work due to battling a recent diagnosis of cancer. Have you considered what medical treatments one might normally receive are no longer deemed essential? Have you considered that people who are permitted to have a medical treatment may not be allowed to have a family member in the waiting room with them?
Have you struggled during the last few months to get what you deem essential for your daily life?
What is essential?
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How Have You Been Cut Off?
The rhythms of work, school, and social time have been cut
off or significantly altered due to social distancing mandates across the globe
in the spring of 2020.
Some like me, have lost loved ones during this time . Sadly, due to travel restrictions we have been cut off from gathering with family and friends to celebrate and honor them in our usual way.
Facing an invisible enemy like Covid-19 that has the power
to cut off our sense of normalcy is stirring myriads of feelings and reactions
across the globe. Some are struggling with paranoia while others are expressing
anger and rebellion.
How should we respond to feeling cut off from our sense of normalcy?
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What in your life has caused you to experience
As I write this blog post I am waiting for an update on the
status of my 99-year-old grandmother who is in her final hours of life on this
earth. If things were “normal” across the globe I would have already boarded a
plane to travel 1200 some miles to be with her and other family members. But
with COVID-19 restrictions in place my family is having to process heartbreak isolated
from each other.
Interestingly, this week’s study involves a call to process heartbreak.
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Are you feeling Vulnerable?
What situations or circumstances stirred a sense of vulnerability in you prior to spring 2020?
This past week of 2020 has been one that Christians across the globe have celebrated Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter in a vastly different manner than in recent years. We’ve watched services from our own homes rather than attending public celebrations and memorials.
Some had hoped in North America that we’d be able to gather
in person on Easter Sunday but sadly that has not proved feasible. The COVID-19
virus response has truly disrupted our sense of normal. Our businesses,
personal health, loved one’s health, sense of control or freedom have many wavering
with feeling vulnerable.
What words would you use to describe feeling vulnerable?
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A Literal Viral Attack
Saying something has “gone viral” in our culture has meant that something on social media has garnered a huge number of views or shares across the internet. Additional exposure would be further inflamed as mainstream media began reporting on the item.
Today, in spring 2020, we are faced with battling COVID-19, an aggressive respiratory virus rapidly spreading across the globe. This is a literal viral attack on humanity that we are battling. As our governmental and medical authorities issue comprehensive measures to slow the spread of this viral attack on our physical wellbeing our national and global economic wellbeing is struggling to adapt.
In the OT book of Joel successive locust hordes had
completely devoured Judah’s plant life. Their physical and economic wellbeing was
in even worse shape than we currently are.
What can we learn from Joel 1:6 that can help us deal with
the literal viral attack of today?
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Medical gear, toilet paper, and other shortages
In early spring 2020 much of the global economy is facing shortages of medical gear, food, and other items due to concerns over a new virus pandemic sweeping through humanity. Some countries are in serious trouble due to this pandemic while others are issuing a variety of mandates to limit physical interaction with fellow humans hoping to stop or limit the spread of this virus. Unfortunately, hoarding behavior is occurring even though authorities are saying it isn’t necessary.
This week my husband attempted to
acquire a new basic thermometer since the one we have is showing signs of not
working well. Eight stores later he still couldn’t acquire one. Several days
later, same story. Online shopping reveals shortages of basic thermometers as
How should we respond to
Does the Bible give us any
guidance in situations like these?
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What is Crisis?
How are you handling the challenges encompassing
the global crisis of the corona virus in 2020? Are you heeding the advice of
authorities? Or are you ignoring them?
Shopping for household goods has become
a bigger challenge because of this 2020 virus crisis. People whose panic button
is easily triggered started buying out shelves of all kinds of items.
We’re being told by authorities that there’s
no need to hoard items. Yet stores are having to literally stand watch in certain
aisles to insure you obey the new limits of only 1 paper goods item or 2 sweet potatoes
allowed per customer.
How do you respond to this? Are you
getting upset and angry at the clerks running the store? Or are you taking it
in stride and adapting to the current perceived crisis? Do you smile and thank
the clerks for their efforts to limit hoarding behavior?
Are we truly in crisis at this point?
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