Wednesday, March 25, 2020
As we continue to be separated by this pandemic and are each sheltering-in-place, I’m aware of many feelings which we each have. Feelings of anxiety, feelings of uncertainty, feelings of loneliness, feelings of fear are all understandable. These feelings accompany us at many times in our lives, but maybe even more concentrated at this particular time. We are in, as has been said, uncharted waters.
The infection rate of those contracting the Coronavirus are mounting with incredible speed. The death counts from around the world, and in our country are incomprehensible and staggering. The economic impact is difficult to quantify, but certainly is being felt in the markets, in our pensions, in our portfolios. The pain of job losses and potential job losses has been reported in through employment/unemployment data.
As we venture out to the grocery stores, it is mind boggling to see the empty shelves and lack of variety of items to purchase. Seeing persons wearing masks and gloves in the stores, at the gas stations, in the public arena, it gives us pause. We witness and see the effects all of this is having on others and ourselves. It’s difficult to process and to resolve in our hearts and minds. Those feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, loneliness and fear threaten to overwhelm us.
I want to assure you, we are NOT in unfamiliar territory. Every generation faces crises which lead them to these same feelings. Even the Apostle Paul knew these feelings and saw them in others around him. With the persecution of the young movement of Christ followers, that group in particular had these same feelings. It was these exact feelings Paul was addressing in his letter to the Romans. Romans 8:38-39 says,
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
Paul is essentially saying no matter what we go through, it is NOT stronger than the love of God.
God IS with us in this time. God weeps with us over the situation, and yet reminds us to continue to love ourselves and others beyond measure. It is because of love, that no present circumstance will ever be the last word. The first and last word are always LOVE. Know this, we will get through this and we will be able to say God’s love has held us and kept us, and now frees us to be examples of that love in the world.
Please know, I am praying for each of you daily by name. Emily Tate is forwarding information to me of those who have requested prayers online.
I love each of you dearly and my heart will be full when we are able to meet again face to face. Until that time, continue to keep the faith and let nothing overcome you but the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Blessings and Peace,