Today I finished my 38th devotion during this 6-week virus outbreak, which is more devotions than I have done in the last two years. I’m not complaining, I’m happy to do it. My point is simply that this has carried on longer than most of us expected. We need new ways of thinking.
The longer this goes on, the more likely it is that our lives will change permanently. In most of life, change happens slowly, but then there are also times when there are big shifts. The Flood that Noah built an ark for, Abraham leaving his home, Jesus and Paul starting their ministries are records in our Bible of such massive change.
I don’t know for certain that Coronavirus is another of those massive life changes, but it’s quite possible. Only time will tell. In this time, our modern crisis, we need to cling to the lifeline of faith we have, as we have always been taught. We have the opportunity to see and experience God’s faithfulness, now, today, in ways that we may not have experienced God before. We are God’s and God will help us. Of that I have no doubt.
I think it’s best we think right now of what hasn’t changed. The sun still shines, spring still comes. Our families still love us, and even more importantly, God still loves us. We are still saved by the risen Christ. We have hardship but I have yet to hear of anyone I know who has lost their life. Blessedly, those losses are few.
We may want to rethink ways of being a church in the months ahead, to better meet people’s needs. But I’ve no doubt we will do what needs to be done, with God’s help. Call me anytime 507-269-9079 if you’d like to talk.
Prayers, Pastor Glen