What I am seeing today is a promise

The growth in coronavirus cases and resulting measures to stop the spread are causing me to feel anxious. I don’t want to be locked down again. I want the freedom to be able to see family and friends. But history tells me that I can learn from those whose experience of imprisonment – it puts into perspective the freedoms I still enjoy.

Etty Hillesum was a Jewish woman whose family were not particularly religious. When she went to study law in Amsterdam she experienced a new faith in God, and documented her spiritual journey alongside the growing anti-Jewish measures in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. With all her immediate family, Etty was arrested and died in a concentration camp in 1943.

She wrote, “There is a really deep well inside me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there too. But more often stones and grit block the well, and God is buried beneath. Then He must be dug out again… That is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard that little piece of You, God, in ourselves.”

I choose to safeguard God within myself by limiting the amount of news I read, listen to and watch. And I spend time each day reminding myself of the things for which I am thankful. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for God who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

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