Lessons Learned from COVID-19

“If you can keep your head/when all about you/Are losing their/and blaming it on you”. So wrote Rudyard Kipling with words that apply today.

We have much to learn from COVID-19 politically and medically. But we have much to learn at a personal level as well. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. One of my greatest spiritual challenges involves fear. As I have been taught, I’m reminded daily to “let go and let God” yet my doubts and fears crowd in. It stirs up my long-standing struggle with the “why” question. Why do some recover and others not? Why does a loving God even permit such a thing as COVID-19 and, if it is not God’s doing, then is God completely out of the loop, as Annie Dillard wonders. And yet I still find comfort as Jesus walks across the water toward me and gently says “Don’t be afraid.”
  2. I like to believe that, thanks in part to recovery, I’ve made progress with my control issues. The daily sense of powerlessness we all face confronts me with the reality that I still have much work to do. In that spirit, I am reminded of guidance from Viktor Frankl. I may not have a choice over the reality of COVID-19 but I do have a choice as to how I face it.
  3. I am reminded again of how much I take for granted. Daily comforts and conveniences are suddenly not readily available. And, yes, that includes taking toilet paper for granted.
  4. I have known for some time the value of a spiritual discipline. Daily prayer to include a prayer of gratitude now seems more important than ever.


Some 30 years ago I caught a viral infection that triggered asthma and almost killed me. Am I afraid? In part because of what happened 30 years ago, you bet I’m afraid! And so, doubts and all, I turn to the words of a favorite hymn: “Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow me and I will give you rest.”

REFLECTION: What lessons, spiritual and otherwise, are you learning during the COVID-9 crisis?

Here is a version of the hymn mentioned above:

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2 Responses to Lessons Learned from COVID-19

  1. Ruth Dumond says:

    Great article!

  2. Stephanie Limon says:

    I love this song. It reminds me of God’s love and our purpose on this planet. If God is with us we have nothing to fear, and, God is with us. Trusting God. Trusting the lessons. Fear not.
    Thank you God. This experience gives us a new view. Many new views and new possibilities. God bless us all.

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