Today as the world is put on hold, quite literally, we as believers have a rare opportunity to be an example in how we respond and so be a light to others.
Rather than obsessively washing (or wringing) our hands let’s invite God into this momentary, universal stillness. Here are a few blessings available as we wait.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”Psalms 46:10
- Practice family closeness in your social distancing. For a few precious weeks we’re all being sent home. What a wonderful opportunity to reclaim some simple pleasures as a family, like playing games, taking hikes, sharing life. Seek ways to enjoy this temporary isolation together and create memories you can share one day of how your family thrived in the 2020 pandemic.
- Fear not, says the Lord. Even as the world grows frantic, we as believers know the truth that God is sovereign over corona virus, as well as every detail of our lives. While it is right to take practical measures to protect ourselves and others, we also are called to live into this truth: “My soul finds rest in God alone. My salvation comes from him.” (Psalm 62:1) He is our rock and our redeemer (Psalm 19:14), our refuge (Psalm 18:20), an ever-present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
- Be an example to those around us. People who do not yet know God experience greater fear and anxiety in situations like this one. Seek opportunities to extend peace and love through acts of kindness and service.
- Pray. God has created a vast new space this Lent for us to “be still and know that I am God.” Most of us admit we’re not great at praying, so what better time than right now to practice mindful meditation on the character and faithfulness of our God and Father? Let’s raise our prayers for our world and fellow citizens, that rather than being a source of division and separation, God might use this tiny virus to sow greater unity and love among us, to foster spiritual as well as physical healing.
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.Isaiah 41:13
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.Psalm 46: 1-3
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”Colossians 3:12