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This Is Our Chance

I can’t think of a sadder situation than not being able to be with a loved one who is dying in the hospital with Covid-19. I ask that you, along with me, pray for the sick and dying during this pandemic.

Historically, pandemics have left cultural, political, and social changes that last far beyond the disease itself.  The Spanish Flu of 1918, like Covid-19, was a virus.  It killed approximately 50 million worldwide, including 675,000 Americans.  As a result, this pandemic revolutionized public health, spawning the new fields of epidemiology and virology.  It led several Western European countries to adopt universal health-care systems that are still in operation today.

I understand we will need time to go through a grieving period.  Hopefully, as our bodies, hearts, and minds begin to heal, we will allow God to lead us to become a more unified country and world. Our churches are a most important part of this. We should not only be preaching “we’re all in this together”, but we should also be living examples of it.

This is our chance to do what Jesus told us we could do.

“I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same thing I am doing. You will do even greater things.” John 14:12

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

These past 41 years as I have traveled to your churches, I’ve seen how you’ve become more creative with music and media.  I am very proud of the many churches that are making their services available online. This is something we are continuing to learn and will find to be an evangelism tool that will allow us to do greater things and growing things in the name of Christ.  I am praying that we will use this time to put aside our disagreements and divisions and be the Church we can be and are called to be.

God is There

My Brothers and Sisters,

Photo by Martin Sanchez

Never could we have imagined our world as it is at this very moment.  We miss the hugs of humanity and feel a sense of hopelessness encroaching our homes. We’ve been made aware that as senior citizens, we’re the most vulnerable to the Corona Virus, therefore we’ve been directed to stay inside our home.

“But Lord”, we pray, “how can we be vessels of your love if we can’t witness hope to your people.

Photo by Cristian Newman

But the Lord tells us to take this time to pray and listen.  He invites us to intercede for those who also feel hopeless and alone during this unprecedented time of social distancing.

Pam and I can’t help but feel the need to get out there and minister to those of you affected by this virus.  But here’s a better option, let God minister to you.  Instead of dwelling on fear and worry, put your mind on the Lord.  When we spend time on our knees, we are reminded that God is with us.

That’s the message of a song I wrote called Still Be Still.  I hope it’ll bring encouragement and comfort to you right now.

Still be still, still be still
Silently, still be still

Bow your head, no words said
Silently, still be still

Take the time and listen
Clear your mind, just listen
You will find if you listen
God is there, God is there, God is there

Deep within lives a friend
Silently, still be still