These past two months have been challenging, disheartening, irritating, even frustrating. So many things that we took for granted changed almost overnight, and for weeks many of us scrambled to figure out how to manage during this time. At some point, patience wore thin and even the small annoyances became overwhelming. Demands changed in our lives and we were forced to refocus and alter plans or responsibilities.
For many, this has been overwhelming, and discouragement from loss of opportunities, rites of passage and celebrations has crept in. All the negative circumstances and emotions can become too much to bear.
However, there is hope, encouragement and a positive example found in the book of 2 Corinthians. Paul describes the terrible circumstances he faced and how he was able to manage, survive and thrive in the midst of those hardships.