In every generation, there are events that challenge our relationships, our beliefs, and our very existence on this planet. COVID-19 is one of those. Humanity has survived many of these historic events through the centuries. Knowing how we survive and how we thrive in the face of adversity is the key to understanding what we need to do to survive this one.
Belief in a God who loves us and cares for each one of us. Throughout the centuries, our faith has been a key to our ability to survive. It is this belief that helps us to cope with an unknown future and the stress of present challenges. We draw our strength from what the Apostle Paul told us (Romans 8:38-39): 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Love for others and an understanding that our lives are bound together. Just as we cannot survive without help from others, they cannot survive without us. We are called to be one family, demonstrating our love for others in what we do each day. In John 15:12-13, we hear Jesus tell his disciples: 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
COVID-19 is NOT a “normal flu” – it is very deadly. And it threatens to overwhelm any country’s ability to deal with it. Remember that we will not show symptoms of this disease until it has incubated within us for 14 days or more. All of that time, we can spread the disease to others without knowing it. If we act wisely now, we may be able to control the spread of this disease. But we need to take it seriously NOW. You may be young and healthy, but those around you may not be. Please act as if you might be infected until this has passed. Yes, it is inconvenient, but these are unusual times. Finally, in all that you do, wherever you are, take comfort in what Jesus told his disciples when he spoke to them in Galilee (Matthew 28:20): “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This is the significance of Easter!