I wanted to take a few moments of your time to address the Coronavirus 19 and the growing fear, unpredictability and the significant upheaval to so many lives that we are all watching unfold before our very eyes.
First, let’s be in prayer for the many people who are affected by this virus. We need to be praying for those families who have lost loved ones; the World Health organization and medical staff coping and leading us while under enormous strain; those quarantined on Cruise Ships, hospitals or at home; those industries that have been grounded to a halt, resulting in job loss for thousands of people; the reporters that relay theinformation and the millions of people affected by this outbreak.
So let’s be praying for our world in crisis.
Second, let’s be sure to live above the fear and put our confidence in God who will guide us and guide those affected by this virus. Psalm 46:1-3 and Psalm 91:1-5 are great Psalms to guide our praying and our responding to this crisis. They remind us that we “rest in the shadow of the Almighty” and that “God is a refuge and strength and ever-present help in times oftrouble.” We can trust God to be with us in every situation we find ourselves in. We obviously are not immune to hardships and difficulties because we know God, but we rest in his provision in all that life brings our way.
So in a time of growing fear and anxiety let’s be a calming praying presence that draws people to their ultimate source of security and protection, Jesus Christ our Savior, Redeemer and Friend.