Psalm 103:2-4 "Bless the LORD, O my soul...Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases...Who crowns you with grace and compassion."
I remember when I was around eight or nine years of age I contracted Scarlet Fever. Have no idea where I caught it. I was confined to my bedroom at home. Mother used a special apron and face mask when she brought my meals. Even my sister and brother had to be kept home from school for several weeks, quarantined. Daddy was able to keep working for the Virginia Dept. of Highways. Fortunately, no one else in the family became infected. I recovered, and we all returned to school, and our normal activities.
About now in our nation many people think they are going stir-crazy due to the Coronavirus and no socialization. It is hard for the talkers and jokers who must have a daily audience! Not so bad for the loners who don't mind their own company. Times like these, where all our norms have been compromised, our true nature emerges.
During times of stress we learn much about ourselves. Can we cope alone? How many books do I have that I can read or re-read? Will the TV or our laptops and cell phones keep working? Will we run out of food or TP? (William Shakespeare wrote a play called "Much Ado About Nothing!" This virus is not a nothing, but our reaction to it may be.) Pray for each other, our families, communities, medical workers, and businesses who have had to close their doors. Hang in there! This too shall pass, and we will be stronger individuals because of it. I assume God has our attention right about now!
Luke 6:17-19 Jesus' disciples and "a great throng of people...had come to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases...And all the multitude were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all."
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Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace Gift of Grace Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org
"For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).