Quarantine has been nothing short of a trying time for everyone. Feelings of stress and anxiety are very prominent right now for me, and I’m sure for many others. The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on all of our lives, some greater than others, but we have still all been affected in some fashion. I have found it becomes very easy to feel disconnected socially and start to feel distanced from God.

Without the routine of gathering at church and youth, faith and its importance in our lives can begin to fade. However, in such a taxing time, I feel as though faith and trust in the Lord are of utmost importance. To keep my spirits up and my faith strong, I have found it helpful to explore new outlets to stay busy (I have taken to making music). Personally, praying on a basis that feels natural has been vital to stay connected with God. To my mind, prayer comes in moments when it feels natural and appropriate. However you pray, I am of the notion it is a vital part of faith, especially with the closure of the church.

Finally, find a way to stay connected socially. With the technology we have available, physical isolation in no way has to mean total isolation. Calling and texting friends, staying connected over social media, and finding other creative ways to uphold social bonds has been monumental for me in keeping an optimistic mindset. The ability we have to truly connect with one another, despite the odds, as a community is such an amazing thing to be a part of. I am very thankful for my church and youth community and we will all get through this together and faithful (Philippians 4:13). 

– Dylan Boyd