It’s been a while since I posted. When we started this COVID-19 journey, I thought there would be more free time for blogging. It turns out, there was less. Between homeschooling, attempting to work and doing the dishes, there’s little time for much else.
I want this post to reach whoever might be suffering with mental health through all of this. People are on edge. It’s easy to get lost and lose your way, lose your purpose. We began the COVID-19 crisis in a spirit of unity as we all tried to do our part to keep people safe. After weeks of this, we’re starting to unravel. We feel the pressures of work, parenting and increasingly more, politics. I want to encourage everyone to take care of their own mental. Whether you’re a divorced dad, hurting doctor, pressured governmental leader, vulnerable grocery store worker, working parent, business owner trying to ensure the safety of your employees while keeping your business alive, you matter. The pressures are real.
I don’t want people to lose their way. Over the last few weeks, I have come around to this musical Dear Evan Hansen. My wife Blair tried to introduce it to me a couple of years ago. I’m thankful to be married to a Broadway nerd (her words, not mine) to keep me in touch with pop culture. I was especially struck by the song, “Waving through a Window” that captures the loneliness going unnoticed. Check out this rendition of the song. It’s not from the original cast, but I found it to be moving.
It takes me back to some of the dreadful middle school years of trying to fit in. And I’m not ready to think about my daughters finding themselves on the outside looking in. Maybe you feel misunderstood or feel like no one is noticing you and what this crisis has done in your unique circumstances. The reality is that depression and mental health are real issues. Mental health is not a political issue. It’s a human one. You can get help. You can find your way back. And if you need mental health resources, call a pastor. Talk to a counselor. Reach out to a friend. Here’s the website to suicide prevention hotline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
I’m a pastor, so please know I will pray for you. In our holy scriptures, there’s a story of a shepherd who loses one out of a hundred sheep. He goes on a rescue mission (Luke 15) until he finds that lost sheep. If you’re lost, the God I love and serve, goes on rescue missions. To quote a song from Dear Evan Hansen, “You will be found.” It’s true.