It’s July 30, the end of another month in 2020, the year that most of us wish would just go away. How many of us are blessed to not have contracted the Covid virus or have family members that are unaffected as well? How many know someone who survived this illness and has recovered? For all those good examples, I am very thankful. Yet, some days I feel afraid because of the uncertainty, or angry as I watch events unfolding across our country. Is that the response I should have as a Christian?
So I turn off the news and listen to Christian music. I am reminded that the Bible tells us not to fear 365 times, once for each day of the year.
I remember one of my Mother’s favorite verses, “Be still and know that I am God,” and that Jesus taught that, “With God, nothing is impossible.”
For those of us who believe in a God who created this world, counts the hairs on our head, and knows the end from the beginning – we should not fear! He has this under control. Turn off the distracting voices and worship Him, beginning with one of my Dad’s favorite songs.
The challenges of 2020 continue, but our God is able to overcome the enemy and give us the strength to endure. Please keep praying for our country, that we stay safe and strong in the face of the virus, disruptive tensions, and divisive decisions that don’t honor God. We so need His peace more than ever.
I pray for eyes and hearts to be opened to the Lord, and for revival to happen in this land – that many will come to know Jesus as their Saviour.
God bless you.
Just as Covid lockdowns are easing and it seems that life is trying to return to something that looks more “normal,” the George Floyd death in Minneapolis hit the news. Our country has been shaken anew by this unacceptable death and the violent response by rioters and looters that has been widely covered by the media.
We who believe and trust in God need to pray for our country as we lift those who are hurting in prayer. People need the comfort only God can provide: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matt. 5:4
So many need Him. Our country is so lost. Please pray, not only for justice, but for America.
“If My people, which are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
It’s been nine weeks – over two months – since my last post. What an experience each day has been, filled with things I have never seen or done before. I’ve stayed home most days, only venturing out for early-morning shopping during Senior hours. I have missed our son and his family who only live 30 minutes away, but who I had not seen since March 15, until last week. I have missed their hugs, my granddaughter’s giggles, and her brother’s sarcasm. I just miss my life! I imagine that last sentence is echoed across our country, perhaps the world.
However, there have been blessings from these months of isolation as well. I now follow four pastors’ sermons online plus continue to worship with my congregation via Zoom and Facebook live. That never would have happened without the lockdown. I hope you are enjoying one of those pastors, Dr. Kenneth Stevenson’s sermons, on this blog site. He is a fellow author with Deidre’s and my publishing company, Morgan James Publishing. I know I am learning from him every Sunday.
Let me leave you with this thought: Covid-19 didn’t catch God by surprise; He allowed it. However, He has promised to go with us, to be with us through any trouble, illness, or challenges we face. He is God, Emmanuel, Who is “God with us,” and we can trust Him. You are not alone.