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  • Lori Carol Maloy

Pandemic Stories: Thank you to Grace Publishing and Yvonne Lehman for publishing my Covid Story

Although each of us are continuing to deal with Covid-19, all of us want this virus to go away forever. The year 2020 has been full of ups and downs. If asked, each of you would have several stories of your own to share, both good and bad, of what your lives with Covid has been like.

I was grateful to have the privilege of sharing my own story during those early months of the Covid outbreak and was able to publish it in a compilation by Yvonne Lehman called, Pandemic Moments. This book was published by Grace Publishing and is now available on Amazon. All royalties from the sale are being donated to Samaritan’s Purse.

Within the pages of this little book, you will find many stories of hope and purpose by each contributor who shared how they made it through those early months of quarantine, isolation, and sickness.

My own story is titled, Praying Through the Darkness. I was blessed to share my own fear and renewal of spirit as this dark cloud swept through my own family.

Both my adult children have had Covid, and several people I know have died from this terrible virus. Although many friends and acquaintances have survived, none were left unscathed. Each one has graciously shared their struggles.

It seems as though the well-being provided by having warm and caring interpersonal relationships with others was ravished and shaken by the isolation the virus created.

Our ability to bond with other humans, the very nature of what provides strength, was quickly taken inside our efforts to stifle the pandemic.

Seclusion is in itself a killer. Humans were never meant to live in isolation. The detrimental effects of not being able to touch or hug our friends and family are still being felt by each of us, and exhibited through symptoms of loneliness, depression, and anxiety, and feelings of loss.

Many are now intentionally choosing to find beauty from the ashes, hope from the loss. They have found many other ways to connect socially and restore what has been lost.

I encourage you to check out this little book of hope. Sit down with a cup of hot tea or steaming mug of coffee and embrace each of these authors as they lovingly share their touching stories. You might just find the encouragement you need and realize you are not really alone.

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