Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to God for all things!
It's some bad air we're breathing out there; full of viruses and all other sorts of microscopic bugs. But it's filled with worse than that - fear, depression (despair), anxiety - and that's on a good day. Our biosphere is not the only place where pandemic dis-ease is proliferating - the physical sickness swirling all around us pours in and affects our minds and hearts making them sick too. What's a mother to do? Pull out the air purifier, plug it in, and start purifying what we breathe. How do we do that? Be the purifier. Breathe. In and out. And just like trees "breathe in" carbon dioxide and "breathe out" life giving oxygen into the air, let us do something superiorly similar. Let us breathe in the fear, depression and anxiety that is so thick and heavy in our stressed out atmosphere, especially right now, and let us exhale from our Christ filled selves the fruit of the Spirit - Love, Joy, Peace. ("But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace..." (Gal 5:22))
The opposite of fear is love.
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear." (1John 4:18) Breathe in fear; breathe out God's Love.
The opposite of depression is joy.
" Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice." (Phil 4:4) Breathe in depression; breathe out Christ's Joy.
The opposite of anxiety is peace.
"Be anxious for nothing... and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:6-7) Breathe in anxiety; breathe out the Spirit's peace.
This works particularly well when you wake up in the middle of the night and have nothing better to do than worry. Instead, as you breathe in, feel yourself inhaling the pain and suffering of so many... fear, depression, anxiety. As you breathe out, feel yourself exhaling the Love, Joy and Peace that is in you in Christ, into a world choking to Live.
As Christ took our sin on Himself to His Cross, we, as little Christs, can likewise take the suffering of our brothers and sisters, the fear, depression and anxiety of the world, into ourselves. As Christ took that sin and its resultant death and destroyed it, giving us everlasting life, we, as His transfigured children, can likewise take the suffocating evils of this world and dispel them, by His Grace, pouring out His Love, Joy and Peace.
Breathe in - fear, depression, anxiety
Breathe out - Love, Joy, Peace
P.S. - Check out this link: ELDER ZACHARIAS (ZACHAROU) OF ESSEX: A WORD OF CONSOLATION FOR THE PANDEMIC click here: https://pemptousia.com/2020/03/word-of-consolation-for-the-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR3uXXRsyBtlHA2_Hlk8KbwS7SMaYoFbwlHGHkbX-Mo3JJwIOKue58xi50s