Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
— Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
Since the coronavirus pandemic has come to our country, we cannot go out of the house. We work and do everything from home. Masks and hand sanitizer have become expensive. People are panic-buying, worried about everything, and scared to be infected.
Psalm 34:8 invites us to taste and see that the Lord is good, to take refuge in him. How can we taste and see that the Lord is good in this present situation? I taste and see God's kindness through these five things:
1) I give thanks for the people who ask how I am doing today: my mom, my mom-in-law, my sisters, my brother-in-law, and my students.
2) I make a list of the people who helped me today directly or indirectly. I remember the vegetable seller, the butcher, the egg seller, and the fruit seller who send those foods to my home.
3) I name the moments that have comforted my heart today. I remember my kids who play with me and make me laugh with their funny movement, the songs I heard from the birds this morning and from the music and the bright sunshine I received this morning that make me stronger in facing this pandemic.
4) I remember good things I did today. I got an opportunity to give food to a driver and contributed along with my students to providing medical officers with masks and self-protection tools.
5) I write down the name of someone who strengthened me today and is always with me in every condition. I remember my husband who always right beside me.
I can taste and see God’s kindness through all these people and other creatures.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for all the people you send to help me and thank you for the opportunity to do good things for other people today. Please guide us to walk with you through this pandemic. Amen.
Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia)
Compassion is the heartbeat of humanity. When we are living in our truest, deepest selves we know how to care and connect.”