“One Day at a Time”
Isaiah 40:31 – but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
One year ago, I was home on parental leave, all my attention on my three week old baby. I was consumed and focused on what it took to keep her alive – feedings, sleep, changing diapers, eating nourishing meals, learning my body again. My partner was doing the same by my side. We were in a bubble focused on life, the simple yet herculean tasks of going through another day. Food, diapers, sleep, walk the dogs, naps, more food, one day at a time. Ordinary sacred days, briefly thinking about the future, but being forced back into the present now.
I am writing this in the end of March, week two of the stay at home order in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m feeling a sense of deja vu, where my attention is simply life, one day at a time, another stay alive bubble. We are all being invited into a space where our primary focus and concern is staying alive and well – ourselves and our neighbors and those most vulnerable. I find myself taking comfort in this lens of living in parental leave time again, a way to remind myself what is important – the basics of life for all, including time to care for my family and self. In the midst of layers of loss, of daily normalcy, of health and life, of jobs and financial security, of social services that keep people well, I take hope in our communal work to care for the basics of life for all. This is the work of our faith communities, pandemic or not, yet there is a distilling of this in this time. As we care for those made even more vulnerable in this time, we are also invited into a simpler way, one day at a time.
Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt
Jeffco Faith Leaders Table