Loss and grief are central to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve lost loved ones, jobs, freedoms, and security. Some have lost their wedding dates or vacations. Some have lost sleep or a sense of purpose. Discouragement is common as we all scramble to find meaning in the midst of a crisis. This collective grief weighs upon our society, stretching it thin.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their series titled Growing Viral: Well-Being in the Age of Corona. Each episode of the series will look at common ways we are responding and reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic and seeing how we can move toward wholeness. All six episodes from this series were released together and are ready for listening. For this conversation, Erin and Hannah discuss the discouragement we are all experiencing. Without schedules to hem us in, we wander aimlessly through our days, wondering if there’s any reason to get up early or get dressed or even shower. Everything seems to be on hold with little to look forward to. We’re living life in survival mode on emergency power, wondering how long we can keep it going. What does our discouragement reveal about our heart condition? How can we search for goodness without minimizing the very real pain and grief of this time? Why are naps and bread powerful balms for the discouragement we experience? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we pursue wholeness together. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.


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Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the whole series a listen:

Persuasion 190 | Pursuing Wholeness in a Viral Age

Persuasion 191 | Practicing Lament in a Viral Age, with John Starke

Persuasion 192 | Seeking Justice in a Viral Age

Persuasion 193 | Releasing Control in a Viral Age

Persuasion 194 | Finding Goodness in a Viral Age

Persuasion 195 | Looking Ahead in a Viral Age


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