“Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace
in peace because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord for ever,
for in the Lord God
you have an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4
As we take precautions against coronavirus, it can be tempting to panic. But, as we are reminded in Isaiah, our trust is in the Lord our everlasting rock. Avoiding the extremes of panic and negligence, we take protective measures and keep faith. We take protective measures and keep faith not only for ourselves but for others. One thing this coronavirus has done is remind us just how interdependent we are. What I do can effect you, and you someone else. And so, we do the best we can and trust God for the rest.
One of our fellowship reminded me yesterday that this situation is advantageous to our Lenten practice. As more restrictions are put in place, as we spend more time at home, we are given ample opportunity for prayer and reflection. We are reminded of the fragility and unsurpassable value of human life. I hope that you will take time in prayer and meditation, considering our calling to be God’s people in the world. Since we are not gathering as usual, in hopes of limiting possible infections, please take a moment to check on each other with a phone call, text, or email. We are one body in Christ even when not together in the same space. May our trust and peace be in the Lord.
Eternal God, we lift up all who are sick, praying for bodily strength and healing. We lift up those in leadership positions, praying for them as they make decisions for the sake of the common good. We pray for all health care workers across the globe. May wisdom, appropriate caution, and general good sense prevail. Grant those who call on you the grace of your Presence, strong faith, and unfailing hope. Through Jesus Christ, your eternal Son, we pray. Amen.