by Anne Gibson

On December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls,” and “’Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country.”  How applicable his words are to the pandemic of 2020.
While not faced with war and peace, Covid 19 has affected us in every possible way.  Each person responds according to their personal situation, but here are some resources we have in common:  prayer, scripture, and words from our pastors. Pray for health, safety, strength, and endurance, and with gratitude and thanksgiving, for we are blessed in ways too numerous to count.
The Bible is filled with ways that God and Jesus give us strength in troubled times.   Continue to seek your strength and peace in God’s inspired Words.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28
In a sermon earlier this year we learned about Viktor Frankl’s idea to take time for solitude.   We’ve all had a lot of that this year!  As social beings it’s been a tough time for us.  Bruce reminded us that God expects the best of us: to make wise decisions, choose faith over fear, to trust God, and to pray intentionally.  Those are good ways to use our solitude.

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:10-11
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Reflection Questions:
What is your response to the pandemic?
How have you used your solitude?
Have you looked for help and solace in The Bible?

Prayer: O God, let us remember that we exist for your purposes and everything occurs in your time.  Strengthen our faith, trust, and patience.  Amen

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