What’s essential these days?

“Please keep shopping and travelling to essential needs only.”  

As if we haven’t heard those words.   

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Essential is the key word in our lives these days; your grocery shopping list, like mine, is broken down like this: “will get if it’s on sale,” “really need” or “absolutely essential.” Gone are the days of browsing through the mall before catching the bus back home.  

The former, as I’ve mentioned in other articles, formed much of my social life. While neither of those things are deemed “essential” they definitely filled my life with enjoyment. 

Back to the question of what’s essential, though. This week I was speaking with a family member living in Toronto and she noted that pandemic restrictions have created an entirely new definition of what it means to be considered essential.  

“In the large store where we buy groceries, major sections have been closed off – we can’t even buy socks now,” she told me. I guess the warming weather does make those items less essential so let’s hope things improve before winter returns.  

In the meantime, I found this on Facebook and it’s so good I have to share it in a “pared down to meet word count” format. In any format, here are the items mentioned by the anonymous author of this great list. 

Not everything is cancelled; sunshine is not cancelled nor are love, relationships, reading, naps, devotion, music, dancing, imagination, kindness, conversations and hope.  

By God’s grace and help in this difficult environment, we can still enjoy hope. This week I’ve been meditating even more on the promise of God that says to us: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].” Romans 8:37 

Now claiming and living that most essential something. 


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