Anger at those whose actions have led to this situation of high alert; anxiety that we will be sent back to isolation or home-schooling; or a sense of hopelessness and resignation to the inevitable spread of the virus.
It is this last emotion and its subsequent actions (or lack of action) that I want to encourage you to resist. The thing about perseverance and endurance is that you can only really put them to the test when you are at the point when you want to give up. I remember participating in a 400m sprint when I was in grade school and coming to the third turn and seriously considering just running off the track and collapsing on the grass. It was only then, when I was just about done, that endurance mattered.
As followers of Jesus, as we’ve been reminded about in Hebrews, endurance and perseverance is an important virtue. Now, it’s true that we are called to persevere in faith not in the face of a pandemic, but it seems to me that this is a chance to practice our endurance. Let us not give in to resignation, but continue to do what we can to look after our own health and the health of those around us. It’s the third turn and we have to dig deep to stick at it and, in so doing, get some practice in on our own endurance.
Hang in there!