Dear church family- Coronavirus Update April 1, 2020:
Another month, April, begins and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread while more and more restrictions are put in place in an effort to combat that spread. Fear and anxiety have gripped many causing increased stress and all its accompanying effects. As Christians, we are not immune to such concerns but we need to take time to take steps to alleviate such anxiety.
First, I would recommend that you take a break from the 24/7 news broadcasts. Though they can be informative, and we need to keep abreast of the news, a steady diet can become overwhelming, feeding our anxieties. An hour in the morning and evening will keep one up-to-date on the essentials.
Second, and more importantly, let’s fill our time and our minds with thoughts of and praises to our Great God. The Apostle Paul writes in Col.3:15-16;
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
There is a connection between “the peace of Christ” and “gratitude.” The more we recognize God’s grace and blessings in our lives, the more grateful we should be. Increased gratefulness leads to a peace, a calm assurance about God’s loving providence over us and that we are in His tender care. Jesus said in Matthews gospel;
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
In the midst of this crisis, we are not alone. Our Lord is present with us. And we are but a phone call or text or Zoom meeting, from contact with one another, to encourage and teach and share through the word and song.
Having said that let me remind you that our Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting will be happening tonight and I invite you to join us. Also, Tomorrow night, Thursday Apr.2, we will host another time of sharing the word, testimonies of what God is doing in your lives during this time and praise. I encourage you to join us in the spirit of Col.3:15-16. Details will be posted.
Let me close by giving you all a “virtual hug” and let you know I am praying for you all.
Peace in Christ,