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4 Ways You Can Show Love Practically In COVID-19 Era

By Motunrayo Alaka

Last week, I wrote about the coronavirus pandemic being an opportunity to love God and His people. In case you agree, and you are asking, how? Here are four simple acts of mindfulness you may practice showing love to God and your neighbours.

  1. Give:Remember someone who needs something you have and share. As a child, I learnt a crucial lesson on giving from my late mother – Ibiyemi Oluremi Famuyiwa – giving is a thing of the heart. She often went into our store and packed a few cubes of seasoning, some cups of rice, vegetable oil poured out of a bigger container into a smaller one or any other thing we had at home, to hand over to someone who needed it. Sometimes she gave clothes or shoes she was still wearing. At other times, she would give a bottle of honey from the lot she planned to sell. She always wore a smile too. Giving is more about attitude than quantity. It should not be considered the exclusive preserve of the rich. Everyone can give something. What do you have? Some extra noodles, rice, beans, used books, a surplus meal, money, a heart-warming smile… anything… Think of someone who can use what you have and share. As the Bible says, “… It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:25)
  1. Reach out on phone:There is a lot of pressure and uncertainty. People are worried, lonely, depressed, frustrated, broke, angry and more. Pick your phone to call or send a message just checking on them. All you have to say is that you are just checking on them to see how they are faring. Your call or text message might save someone from depression or even suicide. Some people believe no one remembers more so during a social distancing and self-isolation time. You may not visit, but you can definitely use your phone. I have practiced this many times and I can testify that many people are pleased to receive a call that is not about outstanding work or what the caller wants them to do.

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  1. Use your gifts in service of others:You can sing to your neighbours. If that is too drastic, you may record your singing and send as a voice note. Write a poem and paste it on your block, or share it on social media. Start a blog to encourage others. Share your cooking recipes. Pass on your ideas about home schooling or exercising. Give tips on interpersonal skills people can use to be better accommodating of families and neighbours since we are now home together. Your talents can be a gift when others receive it.
  1. Pray:The Spiritual controls the physical. (Hebrews 11:3) When all efforts of human beings fail, we need to remember that God never fails. If like me you feel helpless and wished you were in the medical line so you can be somewhere more active saving lives, turn to God. Pray for wisdom, strength and grace for all the great people at the frontline of keeping us all going – nurses, doctors, scientists, grocery shop attendants, transport workers, government officials, community leaders, religious leaders, farmers, traders, delivery people, pharmacists and others. Say a word of prayer that the sick will receive strength to recover. Pray that those who have experienced loss with receive comfort. Pray that God will keep the families of those in the medical line who are working round the clock to save lives. Pray! The prayer of the righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
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