“How” to be Thankful in the Time of COVID

There is a sweep across social media by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – the gratitude challenge. While I don’t agree with the LDS’ doctrine, I am thankful that they are in agreement to soak social media with grateful words and thoughts.

Therefore, as a non-LDS member, but a Christian and a woman who loves to reflect, I want to say Thank you to God for sustaining me and keeping me healthy through these critical months. I thank God daily for waking me up and allowing me to work when so many people have lost their jobs – lost their loved ones during this year.

I have to be honest. I get downright angry because of the many decisions made in this country and at my job. I complain, yes, and I cry. There are times that people may think I have no faith in my God; it’s not that at all. I don’t have faith in myself. There is a scripture in 2 Corinthians 12:10 that reads “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” When I get beaten down, I feel God’s power surround me and I keep getting back up. I will not stay down.

What can we be thankful for? 2020 has been inundated with trials, heartaches, uncertainties, anxieties. We have seen businesses close, people lose their jobs; churches closed and schools educating their students online. We’ve seen the number of deaths from COVID and they are still rising – even as we enter into the holiday season. But, you ask, what can we be thankful for?

Be thankful for the hope that is soon approaching. We have voted in an administration that is focused on the health and safety of the Americans – the administration that is not about the “me” attitude but the “US” direction. I am thankful that we will have a president who takes the duty of the presidency seriously.

However, this is what I am feeling today. Many families have lost loved ones due the COVID-19 pandemic. I have had close friends who have lost relatives and I sympathize with them. How do these grieving families embrace Thanksgiving? Perhaps they can look around has supported them through the tough times.

It’s funny. Every time I get to the end of one of my blogs, I reread and I ask myself “What’s my point? What am I trying to share?” Well, this is not a how-to blog. It is a “when you feel thankful, be thankful” message.

I’m not going to tell you how to be thankful. Be thankful because you want to be.

Thank you to my siblings: Doris, Elaine, and Timmy for reminding me how much our parents loved us.

Thank you to my family: For loving your aunt even if she doesn’t reach out as much as she should!

Thank you to my friends: For the calls, the laughter, the complaints, the listening ears.

Thank you to my church: A church that didn’t miss a beat during this pandemic. We don’t need walls to praise the Lord – we need each other!

Thank you to my former students: They checked in with me and asked if I needed anything during this time of COVID.

2021. We will welcome you and embrace you. There may be remnants of 2020 that we will bring with us, but I am hoping those particles will dissipate as we move forward to a hopeful and healing year.

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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