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At a time of unprecedented uncertainty where normality seems to have disappeared and isolation is the new buzzword, we must learn to embrace resilience.

Resilience is defined as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties’ and implies toughness or strength. All of us are being challenged in new ways by an illness we’ve not experienced before. Fear, uncertainty and a sense of dread are prevalent; we’re not used to the restrictions being placed on personal liberty. Isolation over enforced periods is something many people have not experienced previously.

To embrace resilience is to understand that we need to think correctly, build our lives on solid truth which won’t change on a daily basis and trust God with every aspect of our lives. It means being flexible enough to embrace changes to routines, isolation, boredom and uncertainty without going ‘stir-crazy.’ Another definition of resilience is ‘the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.’ May we have the resilience to spring back into the shape of Christ, being conformed to His image and defined only by Him.