From Generation to Generation
I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.
— Psalm 71:7-8 (NIV)
Entering month two of home quarantine and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my 85-year-old mother continued to amaze me. She and my stepdad had been ordered to stay in their apartment at the assisted living facility. This has happened a time or two before due to flu outbreaks, so the routine was familiar, yet fearful for the elderly. My sister would visit and check on them thru the closed window. During a conversation with mom she stated how hard it was to see my sister, enjoy their conversation, but not able to hug her goodbye. Then mom said how exciting this would be if it were the beginning of the end. She shared how she has been ready for that face-to-face hug from Jesus for a long time. With each phone call during this virus outbreak, she continues to be strong in the Lord. She and my stepdad write daily devotionals and prayers on Facebook for their friends and family, and the numerous comments reveal the comfort this brings to so many who are confined to their apartments and homes at this time. What an example of faith and obedience our mother is to the entire family!
Penny Jo Einspahr (Nebraska, USA)
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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