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The Opportunity at Hand
March 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

All around the world, people's lives have suddenly changed. It has never been so obvious that we are all in it together. The governments of many countries are advising everyone to stay home. The world has slowed down. The traffic has radically dropped, and many of us are home, face to face with ourselves, with the ones with whom we share our lives, and with the situation at hand. It's a time of challenges, but also opportunities.

Right here and now there is an opportunity for all of us to expand beyond the small sense of self and reach into our relationships, reach into our hearts for compassion, for higher perspective, for the good in this opportunity.

In shutting down many of the normal functions we have a chance to slow down, to sit and contemplate, to ponder, to wonder, to see what's truly important. Feeling into what there is to feel, and what others around us are also experiencing, is a life-affirming and life-expanding experience. It can be life-changing.

People focus too much on what is bad about challenges, and not on what is good about them. There is so much good in challenge, in having less, in sharing being a necessity. It is good to be required to pull in: to your neighborhood, to your immediate environment, to those around you in need, and be in a position to provide for their need. It is good to reach up and out, and it is good to have less: less distraction, less to do for oneself, less self altogether. It is good for the environment to be cleared of frenetic energy, unquestioned drive for production, greed, and the rest.

There is a great need for peace. Peace within the soul. Peace within the heart. People can find it. They can sit and ponder. They can do what they can to be resourceful, to ask for help, to reach out beyond fear, to care for everyone around them in all the ways they can. There is power within each person, each heart and soul. Let's not underestimate the power of every individual to make choices for the higher, to see the better of a million things that need that kind of discernment brought to the fore. A worldwide meditation on the situation of civilization is no bad thing. It is, apparently, exactly what's required.

Your friends at Faith Crisis

Loving through the Pandemic
March 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

The world right now is plagued by fear and alienation. As many of you feel, the virus is a threat to people's physical health, but the fear and alienation is a greater disease. Right now we are in a state of pandemic fear and alienation. It's alarming and more alarming every day.

Institutions are shutting down, gatherings are cancelled or postponed. Governments recommend staying home and avoiding physical proximity. People are hoarding, avoiding each other, and looking at each other with suspicion. The negativity between human beings is a difficult environment to exist in and we all feel it.

At this time, a call for love is most needed. Truly, love is what we all need in facing this difficulty. Our humanity, our morality, our care for one another need to be extended now more than ever. We need to reach out to each other with gentle care and concern for the other's well-being. We need each other's humanity and heartfelt connection. It's important that we treat others with care in every interaction, and reach out to each other to extend our hearts in the ways that we can.

Love and care can be extended without physical proximity. Consideration of others and mutual support can spread without endangering anyone's physical health. Togetherness is a thing of spirit. Love is a thing of spirit. And what are our lives for, if not to give that?

Please consider what's most needed. Consider what you can do to express your care and concern for others. Consider what you can give in terms of emotional support, friendship, and togetherness to those around you. Consider what can you do to heal the fear and alienation that are flooding the earth right now, and how you can resist those feelings in yourself.

Love keeps us strong, and it strengthens others. It helps us keep our spirits high and our minds bright in order to respond well to all circumstances. And most of all, it heals people's hearts. It clears the atmosphere we all live in. We need everyone to help heal, or at least ease, the pandemic of fear around us.

If you need togetherness or support in this difficult time, please feel free to reach out to us. If you simply wish to connect, please don't hesitate. Your resonance with this message will strengthen the spirit of love on this planet. This world desperately needs the influence of loving kindness. Please join us in bringing it in.

With love,
Your friends at Faith Crisis

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