On The Contrary, Bless

It’s late.

I’m writing this to you as much as I’m writing it to myself.

This chapter isn’t forever. We will experience some kind of normalcy again, hopefully with lowered, sustainable levels of stress.

I was working on a long post about the types of stress and anxiety I’m feeling, and how it can be a living hell when all of the hard things in life seem to come to a head at the same time (and when busy seasons become the “new normal” rather than just a season) … but it didn’t seem helpful in a time when everyone’s already feeling different levels of isolation and/or overwhelm.

So I’ll save my rant for now, and offer you this encouragement instead:

8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

1 Peter 3:8-12 ESV

In short, Love one another well. Be truthful with each other. Seek to establish peace and not division. God sees you; he hears your prayers.

Hang in there. Y’all have my prayers, and we covet yours.

– Zach