Has this season of social distancing changed the way you connect with your family?

The effects of COVID-19 have touched every aspect of our daily life, especially how we connect with family. Initially, when our governor mandated the stay-at-home order, I was okay. I understood it was dangerous to see my parents or my brand-new niece. I accepted easily; I would protect my loved ones. I could not imagine being the cause of them becoming ill.

We found another way to connect. On Easter, I hosted a family Zoom call. It was great seeing each other. Everyone was excited; we seemed to talk all at once. It was a new way of communicating. 

New or not, different or not, we communicated. I believe we must be intentional about communication. Although we are socially distant, we must not be emotionally disconnected. The use of technology is playing a tremendous role in taking the place of our physical experiences. 

Now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted, we may socially distance in groups of ten or more while indoors. This is a true test of discipline. I understand this will not be an easy task. When communicating, I desire to look you in the eye and listen. By nature, I am a big hugger. Before COVID-19, I hugged a lot! 

While the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 does not have a vaccine, hugging is not recommended. We must remain in a “don’t touch” state.

I am reminded of being a young child and going shopping with my mom. She said, “Don’t touch. You look with your eyes, not with your hands.” In my mind, if I really wanted to see something, I had to touch it. I needed most of my senses involved. Many of us might be that way with our relationships. We want to see, hear, and touch to have the full experience of connecting.

So how do we fight the desire to physically connect with that parent, grandparent, niece, or nephew? We must place value upon the relationship above else. In other words, I love you enough not to put you in harm’s way.  After weeks of staying at home, it’s a sad reality we can’t hug our Mama or our Pop Pop?  

As believers, we know no matter the challenge, we can do all things through Christ because He strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). We can say to our loved one, “I love you enough to keep my social distance. Ultimately, I am so happy I can see you alive and well.” 

Finally, my brothers and sisters in the faith, Psalm 68:6 (NKJV) states, “God sets the solitary in families.” This means He has an ordained space for you and I. COVID-19 will not destroy our relationships. With high intention, prayer, and action, we declare our family relationships will be stronger than ever! To God be the Glory.

Until We Meet Again,

Tags: #COVID-19 #Family #SocialDistancing #Relationships

Contributor: A. Dorcent


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