BY REV. MICHAEL C. WOLFRAM - LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES
Those words have become a familiar phrase following the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001. We have been encouraged that if we "see something" that appears unusual or potentially dangerous, we are asked to "say something."
What we are facing in these days of COVID-19 requires the same vigilance when it comes to our relationships with other people. Social distancing may make it more difficult but at the same time more demanding that we are aware of other people in our lives and how the stress of the situation is affecting them. There are few things more agonizing than to realize, too late, that you saw the signs but did nothing about them.
Most people have learned how to cope with the normal stresses of life but when new and additional ones are added on to what we are already handling the pressure can cause us to think or act in ways that are not our normal patterns. Job loss, loneliness, anxiety, change of routines, fear of the unknown and feelings of helplessness can all affect our mental stability and behaviors.
Even though we may be practicing social distancing many of us still have communication and varying forms of interaction with other people. When we see a change in ourselves or those with whom we come into contact then it is time to act. See something … Say something. We have heard it said many times that we are in this together and that is not only true, but it is also necessary. We can care for and watch out not only for ourselves but for others as well.
Professionals who can help us are found in the medical, social work, counseling, and religious communities. These are people who care and are available for all of us as we navigate these trying waters. Help may be as close as a phone call away. It is important to remember that all of these areas need to be nurtured in stressful times. Our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being combine to give us a sense of wholeness and satisfaction. It is vital to keep all of them in balance.
In order to do this, we also need a solid foundation on which to stand. For Christians, the Easter season recently reminded us of God's love for us given through His son, Jesus. It is that same God that provides a foundation and future for each one of us. Building upon that foundation we can find peace.
Yes, we are all in this together. So, if you see something … say something!