What Now?

Where Do We Go From Here?

By Janet Siry, LCSW, LCC Counselor 


For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future of hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 

Over the course of the last six months, it takes effort to remind myself of these words of scripture. My journey of faith has matured over the years and it seems like I should have no doubts whatsoever about God’s grace. When doubts occur, I am reminded that my mind is complex. I experience fear, uncertainly, stress and so many other emotions. Sometimes, I get stuck in negative thoughts and get upset. Sometimes I feel angry at others and at the state of the world. Sometimes I am unsettled, confused and not sure what the future may hold. 

I am a voracious reader, a lover of British drama and mystery, Broadway musicals and James Taylor music. I feel spiritually connected in nature and my garden. When I can focus on these things, I am able to manage my stress most effectively. I try to accept the things I cannot change. I seek connection with those I love and who support and love me unconditionally. I pray, meditate and read scripture. I have learned how to set better limits and boundaries in my life. What I’ve learned is that I am not alone. Most people I talk to have expressed similar thoughts and feelings. 

Many Changes
Traditionally, September is the month we resume our activities at church and school and readjust to the more traditional schedule of the school year. This year, the sobering reality is that life has changed and those assumptions may or may not apply. Some of us have resumed attending church, others have chosen to continue with online services. Summer vacation plans were abandoned or modified. Many meetings are cancelled or are held in virtual reality. Some sports, concerts, and large group gatherings are prohibited. Every time I leave my home, I have to think about so many things I did not have to consider before. 

DecisionsAs schools reopen across the country, we are faced with difficult decisions. What is best for us and our children? How do we manage work and family? Do I put myself at risk to maintain employment because of the financial challenges that seem to be a part of our new reality? Is there one right way to handle these situations? 

ResourcesFortunately, there are now many free resources available on the internet to help determine how to proceed with our lives. Many organizations have created resource links. Social service agencies, including Lutheran Counseling Center, have reached out to help God’s people in need. Our bishops provide much needed leadership for managing our lives in these difficult times. Congregations have reached out to their communities in need providing financial assistance, health care, meals and other necessary services. Loving one another unconditionally, without judgement, is how we answer God’s call. Each day I pray for the strength and wisdom to carry out that commandment. It is in serving others that I am refreshed with hope and love provided by the Holy Spirit. If you need help or resources, please contact us at the Center. 

May our gracious Lord guide and protect us now and always. 




Janet Siry counsels children, teens, adults, couples and families. Here is a link to her bio. To set an appointment with any of our counelors or for more information, call LCC at 1-800-317-1173. For safety, all sessions are provided using a secure, HIPAA compliant virtual video and/or audio platform.