Tonight’s ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i word is Hopohopo. It means anxiety.
God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. ~ 1 Peter 5:5b-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7
merimna/merimnaó ~ They both refer to a person being divided, being fractured into parts. Drawn in opposite directions. Figuratively we can understand it as “to go to pieces” or “to be pulled apart.”
I asked God “How can so many people be in such denial about the realities of COVID-19?” The answer He gave to my spirit was “Because they are so deeply grieving what has been lost, they are overwhelmed with anxiety, and they are not handling it well. So they are denying their reality. The truth is too hard for them to accept.”
FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
David Kessler – one of the original researchers who “wrote the book” on the five stages of grief has recently added a sixth stage, finding meaning.
Anticipatory grief is that feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. Usually it centers on death. We feel it when someone gets a dire diagnosis or when we have the normal thought that we’ll lose a parent someday. Anticipatory grief is also more broadly imagined futures. There is a storm coming. There’s something bad out there. With a virus, this kind of grief is so confusing for people. Our primitive mind knows something bad is happening, but you can’t see it. This breaks our sense of safety. We’re feeling that loss of safety. I don’t think we’ve [ever before] collectively lost our sense of general safety like this. Individually or as smaller groups, people have felt this. But all together, this is new. We are grieving on a micro and a macro level. ~ David Kessler (From an Article in the Harvard Business Review ~ “That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief.”)
Seeing the people, [Jesus] felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” ~ Matthew 9:36-38
The general populace has made SHEEP into a cuss word. That’s a great insult online now, to call someone a SHEEP. What a bunch of sheep! Just do whatever they tell you, you bunch of Sheep! People will just respond to comments with emoji’s of sheep. When did we make sheep a negative thing? Jesus calls us His sheep and Jesus wants me, and Jesus wants you, to be a shepherd to His sheep, to lead them to Jesus, the Great Shepherd. Nothing wrong with being a sheep when you follow the Good Shepherd.
ekluó ~ (GREEK)
distressed, losing inner strength, becoming weary to the point of fainting. Originally the word refers to an unloosed bow string.
rhiptó ~ (GREEK)
dispirited, to be cast off, to be discarded, or to be thrown to the ground.
splagchnizomai ~ (GREEK)
to be moved in the inward parts, the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and bowels. Jesus felt their pain like a major gut punch to Himself. It hurt his heart to see them in such an anxious state.