Dear 2020 Self

I am writing you this letter from one year from today to bring you some hope and give you some wisdom. It is exactly one year from this week when the world shut down. In person, learning was canceled (“in-person” was a new term that is now part of everyday language.) There was talk of  needing just two weeks to see this virus out the door. Cases were far, and few between anywhere near us, and Zoom became the new way to do business, social gatherings, church, and really any get together. Each day that passed, the pit in your stomach grew bigger, and waking up at any decent hour became less of a priority. Eventually you became a little too numb. One year ago, life came to a halt. I’m still here, though. We are still here and proof that it will get better again. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is longer than two weeks. If I could go back and do it again,

Here’s what I would do differently: 

  • Not get so worked up over the news (in fact, I’d stay off most social media and news sites).
  • Write more. Like a lot more! 
  • Play more games with my kids. 
  • Get better at sewing, even if it was just masks.
  • Drink less.
  • Read more. 
  • Write handwritten letters to loved ones.
  • Be more intentional with every hour my family and I had together.

Here’s what I wouldn’t change:

  • Walking every day with my husband.
  • Helping my kids learn with online school.
  • Painting rocks around the neighborhood with hopeful messages.
  • Sitting outside each day with friends on the block.
  • Driveway birthday parties.
  • Making music videos to new songs made in quarantine.
  • Getting involved with the local food pantry. 
  • Figuring out how to worship God in every season. 
  • Talking through complicated issues with loved ones.
  • Having grace with myself that all the things I wish I was doing didn’t get done because well...2020. 

I hope you soak in all the lessons you will learn in 2020. Especially that God is faithful in every season, whether you understand His plans or not. He often strips things away to help you realize that He alone is your Rock. Not calendars, travel plans, government, school, health, or even church. He is the only sure thing in this life, and when your world gets turned upside down, He still holds it firmly in His grip. 

Much love, 

Jenna - version 2021

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. - Psalm 46:1

Your Turn! 
  • Write your 2020 self a letter. It's a great way to reflect on where you were, how you were feeling, how God met you in some of the hard times...


JL McCarthy

March 18, 2021