"I think God is in this, I really do. I think he's trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love and I hope we learn that lesson."
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Dolly Parton Headshot
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During times of darkness like the current coronavirus pandemic, we're grateful we can lean on Dolly Parton for a little bit of much needed light.

To help lift us all up, the Smoky Mountain Songbird shared a brief video message on her social media platforms this weekend with the simple caption, "Keep the faith." Standing in what is presumably her Tennessee home, Parton leaned beside a short staircase and began her inspirational pep talk with a few lines of a cappella: "Well, hello, it's Dolly, climbing the stairway to heaven! 'Cuz this virus has scared the 'H-E-double-L' out of us," she warbles, before a quick chuckle. After the singing intro, Parton continues, "I'm not making light of the situation, well, maybe I am, 'cuz it's the light I believe that's going to dissolve the situation. I think God is in this, I really do. I think he's trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love and I hope we learn that lesson. I think that when this passes we're going to all be better people. I know that I have a positive attitude about it, as negative as it seems  to be right now. Just keep the faith, don't be too scared, it's going to be alright, God loves us," she concludes, giving us all a sweet breath of inspiration.  Watch the full message below.

Ah, Dolly, how grateful we are that we can always count on you to infuse a bit of levity into even the most trying of times. We'll take this as our cue to turn away from the news for the rest of the day and tune into Dolly Parton's Heartstrings series— a beautiful collection of eight stories with plenty of Parton's music—on Netflix.

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We're looking forward to the day when we can blast "9 to 5" and sing and dance with our girlfriends, but until then, we'll remind ourselves of this message whenever we need a spirit boost.