These are unprecedented times.
As I write, we are in the midst of a global pandemic (COVID-19). As families, as a nation, and as part of the world community, we are currently taking dramatic steps to slow the spread of this virus.
Schools, universities, restaurants, churches, stadiums and the places where millions work have been shuttered. Social distancing is now part of our vocabulary, as is the exponential growth of cases and even deaths due to COVID-19.
The Loss and Fear Are Real
All across the country, and the world, the losses are very real.
Italy, Spain, France, and Iran, have been the hardest hit. And in our own nation, there are currently major outbreaks of the Coronavirus in New York, Washington, Michigan and California.
Other states are soon likely to follow.
Millions are now out of work and on a lesser scale, many students are seeing their Spring semesters through the prism of a computer screen. No graduations, athletics, concerts or proms.
There is much fear and uncertainty as we all try to grapple with a moving target.
Remember This Truth
During this time of great loss as believers we can turn to the Lord and to his word to find strength, comfort, and hope.
And one of the most beautiful statements ever penned comes from Paul’s inspired words to the church in Rome.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
The apostle Paul makes a pretty long list in Romans 8:38 and 39:
I am convinced, he says, that…
- Neither death nor life
- Neither angels nor demons
- Neither the present nor the future
- Nor any powers
- Neither height nor depth
- Nor anything else in all creation
…will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:38, 39).
That pretty much covers it all.
God’s love is life altering.
Let this love wash over you. Let this love strengthen you. Let this love embed itself so deep into your heart that even fear will be rooted out.
Stay safe everyone. Be careful, but do not panic. We will get through this crisis.
P.S. When you have a moment, please say a prayer for the heroic medical professionals who at this very moment are strained beyond comprehension, but who still put on their uniforms every day to help those who need it most.