.This Covid 19 crisis feels overwhelming at times doesn’t it? We are suffering mentally and physically to different degrees. We are impacted individually and globally by daily uncertainty, cabin fever, discouraging news, shortages, fear, unemployment, financial loss, isolation, loneliness, illness, grief and death. All this is really tough to experience, hard for us to see.
I don’t believe God brought this suffering. He is not like that. The Jesus I have the joy of getting to know is not like that. In the gospels I am moved by His attentiveness, compassion, caring and His healing. He did not cause this catastrophe but I believe He is with us in this. He still wants to work His good purposes out in my life. His heart is for me to know His empathetic presence and make me more like Him. He is changing me little by little, to think, feel and act more and more like Jesus (Romans 8:29). I still have a way to go in this process, but I am learning to trust His understanding and patience with me.
Imagine. Imagine what this world could look like with more and more of us living, looking and loving like Jesus? I want to press in to Him together with you during this difficult time. Let’s find comfort in His presence and look for just one creative way to imitate Him today. Let’s remember what Jesus told us, that this world and its tribulation is not the end of the story, John 16:33. God feels deeply with us in this difficult time. He is for us and is not hindered from carrying out His beautiful, kingdom plans. In our difficulties lets keep our eyes open for "Jesus-y" moments, and celebrate.
Thank you for being”for us” and with us in this traumatic time. Transform us slowly by your compassion, mercy and grace. Teach us to live and love like you so that others might know what you are like, find hope in you and follow you together with us.