To my beloved Sojourners!
"This is a day of crisis, but we do well to remind ourselves of that Chinese ideograph for "Crisis" which combines two ideas to make one word; namely, danger and opportunity." ~Bishop Herbert Welch
Today, I am not here to talk about cancer; I am here to talk about the coronavirus outbreak. This easily transmitted infectious disease has spread quickly throughout the world and now it is here in the U.S. and we've been asked to shelter-in-place. Trips and events planned with joyful anticipation have been cancelled. Social gatherings are prohibited. Schools, restaurants, and shopping malls (just to name a few) are shut down. Jobs are in jeopardy. Bank accounts may soon dwindle. Children are restless and adults are agitated. Let's face it, restrictions have been put on us that we don't like, though we realize they are necessary for the safety of us all.
So, how can we not only survive this pandemic but learn to thrive in it as well?
We need to let God manage our thoughts and do our part to stay safe and healthy. Recently, I listened to two excellent messages from my beloved churches at DBC and HTBC. Here's what the Pastors' had to say:
Turn to the Prince of Peace
"The best advice I can give you: Turn off the phone. Turn the news off. Turn Facebook off. You are not going to find peace by what other people in their human wisdom are saying about the circumstances that we're in right now. You're going to get peace from tuning in to what the Prince of Peace wrote in His Word.
📖Make time for reading your Bible.
🙏🏼Make time for prayer.
📜Make time for devotion.
👨👩👧👦Make time to discuss the things of faith, not the things of despair and hopelessness."
Pastor Gus HTBC
Remember the attributes of your God.
🌟His Sovereignty (Ps. 115:3; Dan. 4:17)
God is still on the throne and is working out His plan.
🌟His Omniscience (Ps. 139:1-5)
This trial/circumstance did not take the Lord by surprise.
🌟His Justice (Is. 30:18; Gen. 18:25)
He never makes a mistake.
🌟His Unconditional Love (Rom. 8:35-39)
God deals with us in love.
🌟His Sufficient Grace (2 Cor. 12:9-10)
God's grace is enough.
🌟His Mercy (Lam. 3:22-24, 32-33)
Every day He shows us compassion and forgiveness.
🌟His Goodness (Ps. 27:13-14)
He always does what is best.
🌟His Omnipresence (Heb. 13:5-6; Matt. 28:20)
God is with us at all times and in all places.
🌟His Faithfulness (Ps. 36:5, 119:75; I Cor. 10:13)
He will provide for our needs and take care of us.
🌟His Veracity (Tit. 1:2; Josh. 24:13)
God cannot lie.
In all these things, God can be trusted.
Pastor Dennis DBC
Friends, though danger is present all around, we can use this opportunity to trust in God, meditate on His Word and offer intercessory prayer. As Pastor Gus mentioned, do not take stock in human reasoning. Instead, let's redeem the time and look for creative ways to reach out to others. We will get through this pandemic either in panic or in peace. I choose the pathway of peaceful blessings and I hope you will too.
Sheltering under the wings of the Almighty, Cindy💛
Do not be anxious for anything,
But let your requests be made known unto God;
And the peace that passes all understanding
Shall keep your heart and your mind.
Do not be troubled or be afraid,
For Jesus has promised to give you His peace.
Perfect peace He offers to those who trust Him
And seek Him in prayer.
Go to the Savior, O troubled soul!
His peace He has promised to all who believe.
His Word, believing, by faith receiving;
The peace of God will be yours.
-Eugene L. Clark