Never in a million years I imagine that this day would actually come.
The things that only happen in the movies are suddenly leaping out of the screen and happening in the real world.
I would have never thought that one day I would stand in a grocery shop, worrying about touching the fresh, juicy delicious unwrapped fruits.
The food — fruits, vegetables, canned, packaged — that have so long sustained us, now appeared somehow menacing in their display.
Who have touched them?
Are they safe?
Are they harboring deadly secret danger?
Just the other day, my partner and I got a delivery and my heart actually pounded when I saw the box lying on the couch where we spend most of our time.
“Is that the box in which our delivery came in? The one the delivery guy had touched?” I asked my partner.
“No. That box is on the floor near the door,” he answered.
I breathed a sigh of relief.
Last year, this whole interaction would be bizarre. We open packages all the time, ripping open the tapes, throwing the packaging anywhere to be sorted out later.
We buy groceries all the time, just haphazardly picking things up, throwing them in our carts. We pay, we leave and we enjoy our purchase without a second thought.
We move at such a speed that some things have become automatic. One second we’re making a shopping list, the next thing we know, everything is already in its place in our houses.
The world has suddenly spun out of control and we’re being thrown around like a rag doll.
The few things we do daily without much thinking have the possibility of turning into something lethal and by not doing it, we might be actually saving lives.
Meeting, socializing, touching.
Who would have thought?
Suddenly we found ourselves lost in the flurry of anxiety and worry. “How is this gonna end? When is this gonna end?” We couldn’t help but ask.
Who would have known that amidst the madness, I would actually found solace in the words of God?
Nope, didn’t see it coming.
I’ve been a Buddhist all my life. Still am (I would say it’s not my religion but rather my way of living). And now I suddenly find myself praying to God who I had only a brief encounter when I was a child attending Catholic and Protestant school.
Am I a Christian now? How is it gonna go with my Buddhism? I think this merit another writing.
All I can tell you now is this:
I found peace and calm in prayers.
Many words of faith have come and gone. These are the ones that have stayed, providing me comfort and solace.
I’m sharing them with you in hope that you’ll find peace in them too.
No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house.
— Psalm 91:10
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.
— Psalm 91:4
And my favourite:
No evil will conquer you, no plague will come near your home.
— Psalm 91:10
We don’t know how long this will last.
And I’m not saying the prayers alone will keep you away from harm. We all gotta take all the necessary precautions too.
Other than doing what we can do to help, we have absolutely no control over the outcome.
But I believe.
I believe that we can do this.
Our ancestors, our father, and mothers before us, have gone through worse.
We have come so far as a species. Admittedly, we have committed many errors, caused many damages. But we’re learning. And we have much much more in our arsenal than our ancestors.
If anyone can do this, that would be us. Together.
Wash our hands, stop touching our faces, sanitize regularly, pray and have faith that this shall end well and most importantly, STAY HOME.
If all of us do these, we will survive. Together.
Because they only way we’re getting out of this is if we all come together and do our part.
And we can.
We have succeeded for millennia.
We can do it again.
This Is Why You Need To Stay Home
Yes, even if you’re the love child of Superman and Wonderwoman.
What prayers have helped you in this difficult time? Please share it in the comment. I would love to know which prayer is guiding you through this crisis.
And to those of you who would like to help from home, please consider to reach out to these wonderful organizations:
Thank you for reading. Stay safe and take care wherever you are. Sending you all good thoughts and a virtual hug 🤗
Special thanks to my Aunt Mel who had shared with me these soothing prayers.