Some things are not impacted by Covid-19. One of those things is Palm Sunday, which we celebrated yesterday. As we focused on Jesus' triumphal entry, we celebrated and remembered together with the worldwide body of Christ. We need this reassurance of rituals, enabling us to look beyond our present circumstances and emotions and come back to the place of abiding, of being with Jesus - especially in the midst of stressful and demanding times. Palm Sunday yesterday and the Holy Week leading us up to Easter provide us this ritual and opportunity to shift our focus to the center stone of our faith - the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, it is in the unexpected places that God speaks to me. Sometimes, God uses a ballet class to challenge me.

I was sitting in the 'parent observation class' of my youngest daughter's ballet class. As her teacher shared what they were doing the last few months I felt a gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to pay attention. The teacher shared that they learned to start and end their exercises with a pose, standing still and focusing. This, I learned, is a universal practice in all ballet schools whether they be in the US, France, Russia or anywhere. The students stop talking, become quiet, stand still and focus - in a beautiful ballet pose. Then, they do what they are asked to do with focus and concentration. Seeing a group of 8 year old girls practice this was cute.

We are coming out of the season of Advent and are in the last preparations for Christmas – celebrating the birth of Jesus, our Savior. This year, Christmas decorations appeared especially early.

"Jesus spoke to me", she said as we met for the second day of a week long de-briefing. She reached for her Bible and started reading Jesus' words to the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-4.

Sometimes, we enter seasons of life where we are forced to wait. We might enter a season of discernment, new opportunities show up, or we are required to cease doing activities or ministries due to circumstances.

These past few weeks have been challenging for all of us. We all found ourselves in undesirable and unexpected situations as we had to face a reality most of us have never experienced before. We encountered unique challenges, concerns and fears.

Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gave his disciples clear directions on what to do next. Jesus had finished what he came to do and was about to return to the Father. The mission of being his witnesses in all the world was about to be passed on to his disciples, the church that was about to form and therefor to us.

Just before that, however, was the piece that most of us do not spend that much time on. He basically told them the words a friend of mine jokingly said sound somewhat familiar these days: Stay at home and wait.

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Kurt is a native Swiss who lives south of Atlanta, USA. He is a People Care provider, Spiritual Director and Debriefer with a passion to see people thrive and glorify God through their ministry and their lives.