I’ve heard some remarkable radio this past week.

I’ve heard stories of the helpers, whether those in hospitals and research labs, or those restocking grocery shelves late at night, or those knocking on a neighbor’s door to see if they are okay. (Our neighbor’s daughter is quarantined because she flew in from London).

I’ve heard radio stations stop what they usually do to put their “flag in the ground” and share faith in inspiring and practical ways.

“When the story of COVID-19 is just a story we tell let’s make sure our stories are stories worth telling.”

Andy Stanley

I’ve heard fresh perspectives in contrast to what is heard from mainstream media, perspectives that can actually be helpful to people.

“The more messages that get out there about how we should behave and how we should respond to this dilemma of the coronavirus outbreak, the more we’ll understand that practicing restraint is the right thing to do. Moreover, if you can see evidence of other people showing restraint, people will be more likely to say yes, we can all work together in the face of this crisis.”

Stephen Drigotas, expert in social psychology at Johns Hopkins

I’ve heard stations in cities where there isn’t much traffic use those traffic report placeholders to remind people of practical ways to help keep their family safe and healthy.

Wash your hands regularly.

Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

“While I can’t control the situation around me, I CAN control my actions. Doing breath work, calling loved ones, getting enough sleep and proper nutrition, prayer, and doing activities I love at home will all help during this time.”

Simplify “Mindset Shift During a Pandemic”

I hear reminders of where to find hope and the things we should dwell on.

“Our God is the god that turns these difficulties and turns them into opportunities. Hearts are soft. People are listening.”

Max Lucado

I hope that you feel it is a privilege to work in this format during this unusual season. After all, this is what we practice for.