Everything is Going to Be Alright

It’s Palm Sunday as I write this story and my husband walks in the room and says, “Hey, aren’t we going to church,”  I look up at him for a moment and he says, “Oh, right, I forgot.”

It's Palm Sunday as I write this story and my husband walks in the room and says, He is a retired minister and always goes to church even if we are on vacation.  He believes it is important to visit the house of God on Sundays, but our churches are closed today as we practice social distancing due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

He goes into the kitchen and turns on gospel music to its highest volume and starts to cook breakfast.  I don’t know why but it made me cry, and I got up and walked outside with my coffee.

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week.  It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as Savior and King.

As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus the royal treatment and shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!'

Little did they know that when Good Friday arrived in five days he would be hanging on a cross.  Things can change very quickly.

While watching the birds flitter around the feeders I looked down and noticed a piece of broken pottery that my oldest son made for me when he was in Elementary school.  It has his little fingerprints pressed into the clay around the edges. It broke a few months ago and I have been trying to figure out how to fix it.

But the sad thing is I can’t remember the moment he gave it to me.

In times like these, I am reminded that life is made up of moments, not days, or years.  I wish I could go back and feel the moment he placed this beautiful creation in my hands, but I can’t.  There are a lot of moments like that.

It is hard right now being quarantined, not seeing our children and grandchildren, not going to church and not laughing with our friends, but this moment will be something we looked back on one day. I know we will remember how painful and hard it was but I want to create some moments that I will cherish and be proud of, as well.

While walking on the Riverwalk this week I met a man climbing up the bank holding his fishing pole. "Did you catch anything?" I asked him. "No, I just wasted an hour of my time and didn't catch a thing."

"Do you like to fish?" I asked. "Yeah, I do," he replied. "Then why do you feel it was a waste of your time?" I asked him.

He just smiled impatiently, shrugged and walked away.  I know he may be worried or hurting because of this battle our country is fighting now, but I wanted to tell him that everything was going to be alright and he wasn't wasting time doing something he loved for an hour.

My husband had an app on his computer once where a voice announced every so often, "Pay attention, now!" I don't remember why he had it there, but it always made us smile and stop and think about what we were doing.

We have that voice in our heads and our hearts too, but so often it is blocked by all the other voices in our lives.

Recently, I watched a young mother on the playground across the street from where I live. She had two beautiful energetic children playing all around her, calling out her name as they swung on the swing set and slid down the slide, but she never looked up. She was looking down at her cell phone.

As a mother, a grandmother and a woman who lost a child before she had time to grow up, I wanted to be that voice in this mom's head that said, "Hey, pay attention now."

Don't get me wrong.  I love technology.  It is an excellent tool and a way of keeping close to our family and friends, but too much technology can be one of those voices that claim our attention and cheat us out of a moment we will never get back.

My husband finished making breakfast and called me in.  He saw my tears and wrapped his arms around me and prayed for our children, our grandchildren, our healthcare workers, leaders, truckers, friends, and neighbors, our world and then looked down at me and said, "Everything is going to alright, honey."

I know he is right.  This is Holy Week.  Remember, the day that Jesus was crucified is called Good Friday because we know how it ends.  His death led to the Resurrection of Jesus and His victory over death and sin and the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of our Christian celebrations.

My hope for you this week is that you will pay attention and cherish your moments and believe in the future because we know that everything is going to be alright, but if it isn't–we'll make it through it.

 


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Deana Landers
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I have had many roles in life
Pastor’s Wife , Mom/Nana , Nurse/Health Educator, Writer , Christian Speaker
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing stories, either in my head or in my journal.

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Story Comments

  1. We are living in a very difficult time. You said very well, life is made of moments, I get sad when I read about the last words of some people who have died in NYC, things like I want to see the sky again. We certainly can see the sky and as Christians admire the creation and thank the Lord for it.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Loren, for taking the time to comment. And knowing the Creator makes it all the sweeter, my friend.Deana

  2. Your stories are always beautifully written. It is a tough time but I do believe a lot of good will come from this time. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Sherry. I believe we will all be closer to each other after this storm is over.Deana

  3. Life is made of simple and beautiful moments. Events like the current one has taught us to acknowledge them, feel them and cherish them. This time shall pass and i pray it passes soon and hope mankind dosent forget the lessons

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you for your response to my column. I agree with you; we are learning a lot of unforgettable lessons during this pandemic. Keep your family safe.Deana

  4. Matilda Bonsu -

    Thank you Deana, I enjoyed your story. Tears flowed but the sure truth is that Jesus hanged on gave us hope and victory. Yes, " everything is going to be alright" and sooner than we thought.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Matilda, for reading and commenting on my story. Happy Easter and God bless youDeana

  5. Kevin Miller -

    I'm sitting home in the Bahamas under curfew but enjoying your stories they are so touching !

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Kevin. Hope you and your family are staying safe. Has COVID-19 hit the Bahamas?Deana

  6. Ravindra Verekar -

    My family physician has a message written behind his chair,"Even this will pass away.Praise the Lord

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you for your comment, Ravindra. I am so thankful for His promises. God bless you and your family.Deana

  7. Ann -

    Hey Deana beautiful story . I miss the hugs. Today we went on mandatory stay home . I will work. Yes we will not forget this time but will be stronger I hope. I will miss church Sunday . Prayers for everyone .

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Ann. We're going to be stronger and wiser after. Please take care of yourselff. Love,Deana

  8. Your stories always bring a tear to my eyes. This shall past and pretty soon we can all see our children. I am lucky I have one daughter close by and have two babies. My other two are away and One is in NYC. I truly worry about her. I made her some masks because they are hard to find. Hugs

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Maria, for your comments always. I am sure we will all get through this, maybe sadder, but wiser and closer to each. God bless your family and your daughter in New York. Stay safeDeana

  9. It sure is a crazy time and one that we won't forget!

    • Deana Landers -

      Yes, it is, Janet. But I think it may make us stronger and wiser for our future and for our children's future. Thank you for commenting. I appreciate it.Deana

  10. Sooooooo, so beautifully written Deana. How I wish I could give you a hug too. Everything will be alright <3 We'll get through this crazy time and be richer for the experience.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Michelle. I do miss hugs:) Deana

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