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God amid pandemic

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Last spring, life changed as we became familiar with terms such as social distancing, flattening the curve and self-quarantining. We could hardly believe the closed schools, businesses and especially churches — just as Holy Week and Easter drew near! The coronavirus ran rampant in the world. Where was God?

But as the spread continued, many civic leaders stepped up, calmly informing us of the facts, of actions being taken to mitigate the crisis and of how we could help. Healthcare professionals risked their lives and endured separation from families; teachers drew on astounding stores of creativity to teach online; pastors delivered sermons and lessons to empty sanctuaries as members listened and prayed while living in quarantine. Surely God was present — through them!

Then I remembered how God assures us through Isaiah, “Fear not! When you pass through the waters, the fires, yes, even the pandemics of this world, I will be with you” (43:1-2, paraphrased). And Jesus echoes, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).

During these past several difficult months of mostly bad news, I’ve looked for ways to comfort and ease my mind.  Sometimes, I turn the TV and the news off.  Sometimes I turn the TV on and find a funny and comforting old classic TV show rerun.  But nothing comforts me more than God’s promises that I find in His Word like those in the paragraph above.  Also, I find myself reading as many positive and encouraging devotional readings as I can find, like the one I read by Sandy Hyland that inspired today’s blog post.  

Stay safe and healthy.  Take care of you.  And trust in God’s promises.

6 Comments

Thank you, Jane! I always appreciate your thoughtfulness and your willingness to share your faith and your upbeat attitude.
I want to thank you, Becky, for always being such an encourager. You lift us up! I would like to speak to you one of my favorite scriptures, Jude 24-25: "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion, and power, both now and forever."
Thank YOU, Nancy! And we agree. God has been with us all the way. : )
Yes, God’s word has been available to us during this difficult time. I have listened to the live services and the H.O.P. E.. episodes.. All
bringing comfort, and peace to me during this difficult time. Television brings restlessness! “TRUST GOD’S PROMISES”. Thank you to everyone that made our worship services possible.
Yes, Bev, God has blessed us by providing ways that we can worship and be together - separately during the stay-at-home time. But it will seem a bit like Christmas, Easter and Pentecost all rolled into one when we're all able to get together again for in-person worship.
I have been able to get through with online church, the 6 o o talks of HOPE, including the fun, yes fun, stories! I’m very ready to get back with my Church surroundings and all the wonderful family!

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