Coronavirus & The Cross: Why The World Needs Your Words Right Now

There you are—

in your makeshift office, on your computer and collaborating on all the conference calls. There you are, teaching the kids and loading the dishwasher—carrying the piles of laundry and the piles of books, all in one big, brave breath.

There you are, clocking in and counting coins—stocking shelves and suiting up in scrubs to save sick lives.

And, as you wander through these weird days, you also wonder—how in the world could there ever be time and space and reason enough to write the words you want to write? The words that whisper, deep down from the wells of your heart.

As Easter approaches, accompanied by more commands to stay in this international isolation with no end in sight, the call and the time and the reasons to write couldn’t be more clear.

For, our world is in a perpetual Saturday—we are suspended in the waning that comes between a gruesome Good Friday and the celebration of Easter Sunday. A world in wait—a hurting and hungry-for-hope kind of wait.

And we need a reminder of the Word that came into the world—his words that came before the worst—before that crucifixion and the cross.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

—Jesus (John 16:33)

As we collectively walk through this pandemic, this season of pause, believe that your words can be a way to release people from the weight that comes from waiting with not knowing.

Right now, our people don’t need more content—they need community. They need stories to sing them to sleep. They need sonnets to remind them of love. They need songs infused with holy scripture.

Right now, people don’t need more resources—they need relationship through your words, words to rally and relate to. They need every single sentence that your compassionate soul can summon to the surface.

Like Jesus, the word become flesh. Not scratching commandments in stone tablets and tossing them down to earth—but actual word in flesh. A walking, talking man come to live and breathe and eat and die for us—with us.

Like Anne Frank, penning words in hidden places, in longest isolation. Never meant to be made public but, her words—having come into the world—have brought a wisdom and a wonder so profound, so unparalleled.

Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking the stirrings of his heart, bringing pen to paper to pinpoint injustices in the policies and politics of his time. Words, forever memorialized, still making headlines to this day.

Like Paul the Apostle, impassioned with words in prison cells. Letters. Not stories. Not epics. Not bestsellers. But letters with lessons that still linger on today—sustained with the life and breath from the Holy Spirit. Words, meant for the ones he knew. Words, miraculously meant for the world, too.

So, what are the words whispering within you?

Are they the paragraphs in a pitch for the book your soul has been stirred to write? Are they the Instagram posts that paint a picture of the lessons you are learning? Are they the poems that capture the cadence of your calling—the family you are caring for or the way you work in the world? Maybe your words are songs swirling deep inside, or the text messages and emails you long to write to encourage your community?

As you lean into the whispering words within, let them lead you to answer this next question:

Who are the ones you want to inspire?

Who can your words show up for? Who can you words suffer with? Who can your works speak up for and speak into? You may find yourself in the reflection of your response to this question. You may find yourself wanting to reach out to moms in their messy middles, just like you. Or those with broken bodies, just like you. Or those praying their way through this pandemic, just like you—waiting for Sunday, waiting for the suffering to subside.

The world needs your words right now, as we seek to remember Jesus’ love on the cross, and even as we wait for this coronavirus to come to a stop.

Let the hesitation fall and all your contemplation give way to words. The question at hand isn’t should you write, it’s what will you write?

Hope to hear from you on this one, friends. I’ll meet you in the comments—heart strings and all.


Rachel Kang is a writer, editor, and the creator of Indelible Ink Writers, an online writing community. Her writing has been featured in The Daily Grace Co., {in}courage, Charlotte Magazine, and Christianity Today.​ ​Meet Rachel and read her writing at www.rachelmariekang.com.

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  • Becky Beresford

    So good and empowering! The world needs our words that point back to the Savior. Thank you, Rachel!

    • Rachel Kang
      AUTHOR

      Becky, I’m so grateful for you. Your words are pointing back something fierce. Keep stepping up and speaking out. And keep sharing the words of others, just like you are. I see you. But, more importantly, He sees you. So much love for ya.

  • Stephanie

    Ah Rach, you’ve done it again. Inspiring, encouraging and even holding me accountable. Thank you❤️

    • Rachel Kang
      AUTHOR

      Steph, I am so glad that small seed to write is still there, planted beneath the surface. Keep tending to it, even if writing and creating doesn’t look like you want it to right now. Your words matter, sis. Always have. XO

  • Katie D

    This is a beautiful reminder of what can be in the waiting. Thank you for sharing your heart, and compelling mine.

    • Rachel Kang
      AUTHOR

      Peats—what’s most compelling is the heart that emerges whenever you put pen to paper. Always so proud of you—to see you pushing past and showing up. All joy, to watch where you words take you.

  • Ann C. Averill

    “A perpetual Saturday… suspended…between a gruesome Good Friday and…Easter… waiting…a hurting, hungry-for-hope kind of wait.” Wow, that’s it! The pandemic only highlights living in the perpetual shadow of death.

    • Rachel Kang
      AUTHOR

      Ann—so humbled those words resonated with your heart. It seems we are still stuck on Saturday. Might hope continue to hold up our hearts. Hoping you’re writing in whatever thin slivers of time you’ve been afforded. XO

  • Tiffany Najbart

    Beautiful, and so true. We need each other right now and our words can remind everybody of the hope we have and that we aren’t alone.

    • Rachel Kang
      AUTHOR

      Tiff—you are the epitome of this post. You have been showing up with your words. And every time you do, it matters. The view from your window, straight through to your beating heart, is a beautiful one. And I hope you feel (and know you’re) surrounded as you bring your words to the world. Love you so.

  • Krysten Carnoali

    Beautiful, and so heart warming. Thank you for just a simple reminder that even though it feels like we’re alone – at home, we aren’t.

    • Rachel Kang
      AUTHOR

      Krysten—sweet heart, I hope you have been finding pockets of joy and creativity. It’s always the sweetest surprise when you show up with your words friend. They are beautiful, gentle, and loving—just like you. XO

  • CINDY FORT

    Perfect words – hitting the “nail on the head” in putting words to whispers in my own heart…I plan on sharing this on my page on Saturday…

    • Rachel Kang
      AUTHOR

      Cindy—thank you for sharing my words. And thank you, also, for sharing your heart on those whispers within. Confirming my thought that the quiet whispers are true and real. Let’s keep showing up with our words together. XO

  • Elisha

    Love this reminder to just show up and write authentically. It’s not about trying to out perform the next person, but is it the writing from the soul that the world really needs to hear. Love this. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart with us.

    • Rachel Kang
      AUTHOR

      Elisha—yes, yes, yes! We can show up for ourselves, first. Write for our own souls…and then write from the soul. And, maybe those outpourings will never make it before the world. But if they do, they’ll be of substance. Holy substance. God can use the words from anyone of us. Love seeing the way you show up lately. XO

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