How are you doing? It’s to be expected that we would be feeling anxious during this time. After all we have never experienced anything like this. We turn to our faith to find comfort and courage. We remember that God doesn’t promise us that all will be rosy but instead promises us that we are not alone for God walks with us. The following is an updated version of scripture as it might appear if it was written by today’s disciples.
An update for today, of scripture found in Romans 8:30-39 in the face of COVID-19 ….
"What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?"
“What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or empty shelves at Kroger or paychecks slashed or danger from Covid 19?”
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
“No, in all these things we will stay strong because we know we are not alone. For I am convinced that neither sickness or health neither panic or isolation, neither pandemic and its complications either today or in the weeks to come neither social distancing or home quarantine or any other restrictions will be able to separate us from the love of God that we know in Christ Jesus.”
Nothing will separate us from the love of God. Now is the time to act with compassion, to practice self-care and to rely on God. Remember although much is canceled, love, faith, music, books, writing, sunshine, walking, laughter, prayer, friendships, dogs, cats, faith, family still remain available to all of us.
As I look out my window and see the pussy willow tree with lovely gray buds, I am reminded of the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” Together let’s keep trusting and hoping…
Blessings in this season,