When I wrote today’s meditation I had never heard of COVID-19. Today it might be a top worry for many people. We often worry when we don’t understand something. The unknowns for this virus are frightening: no vaccine (yet), and no treatment (yet). Will my loved ones get sick? Will I get sick?
As I wrote in my meditation, I try to find a verse of scripture to tackle my worries.
Philippians 4:6 often helps me: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (NRSV).
Here are some of my requests/supplications today:
Specifically, when I prayed for the safety of my loved ones, I remembered the land of Goshen. “Only in the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were, there was no hail” (Exodus 9:26). And “I will set apart the land of Goshen . . . no swarm of flies shall be there . . .” (Exodus 8:22). After reading these verses, I started praying for a Goshen shield around my loved ones.
It can get depressing listening to the number of cases and deaths. We hear so much about washing hands, wearing masks, and social distancing. Wearing a mask is uncomfortable for me, but then I remember Jesus’s command to love others. What a great way to show that love by protecting others. Even when we don’t have symptoms, we can be sick and spreading the virus. The masks help us from spreading the virus. I don’t want anyone to get sick because I wasn’t careful.
I love the story of how Jesus took a nap in the middle of a storm. We too can sleep in peace trusting that Jesus is in charge.
I pray reading these thoughts will help lessen your fears and give you peace.
Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.”
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