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Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.

Scripture ReferenceIsaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

 There is no way to ignore the fact that we are living through a difficult time in our country.  The “Corona Virus” is upon us and it must be taken seriously.  We are having to adjust our lives to face realities that some have never faced.  For others, this is nothing new, it has just been awhile since we have been through it.

Many precautions must be taken to keep the spread of this virus from overwhelming our medical staff and facilities.  Our President and Governor have asked that we make further adjustments to our lives for the good of all people.  For some this has created a panic situation cause by fear.  There are many pictures being shared of empty grocery stores where people have begun to hoard all types of goods.  However, our scripture to day gives us the perfect way to handle this crisis.  We do it with calm and bravery, knowing that tomorrow will be a better day and the next day will be even better because we exercise good judgement and wisdom. 

God is with us!  This is His world and he is still on His throne.

While it is necessary for us to use caution and follow proper protocols during this time.  Concern for each other is very proper.  We do not need to panic or fear or allow our anxieties to reduce us to inhuman mobs of mindlessness.  These are the times when we rediscover community, goodness and true fellowship.  To those reading this article, we are neighbors and as such we will prevail with each other and for each other.

Here is a prayer that you may share if you wish.

Most merciful and compassionate God, Giver of Life and Love, hear our prayers and let our cries come unto you.  We weep with your people around the world; we feel the desperation and we are overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.  Our hearts are hushed, our minds are numb but let not our hands be stopped, our voices dumb.

Today, so many people are afraid.  They wait in fear for the next report.  Comfort them, Lord, in this time of confusion and uncertainty.  Father, at times such as this, when we realize that the world around us is not as solid as we had imagined, we ask you for peace, strength and courage. 

As the things we have built our lives upon begin to seem so fragile, we realize how small we truly are on this ever-changing planet we call home. Yet you have promised never to forget us.  Do not forget us now. 

Galvanize in us the act of continued caring.  Bond us to our sisters and brothers in need and open our hearts to feel your compassion.  Remind us of the value of prayer.

Comfort and heal the sick, strengthen the aid workers and medical personnel.  Bolster the resolve of governments and those with power to help and open through this tragedy pathways to partnerships and peace.

We are reminded that our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever.  For it is in Your Name of mercy, healing and compassion we pray.

God is with us so - Keep the Faith,

Bro. Tony

Posted by Dr. Tony Taylor