How is your peace tank today? Filled up or leaking a bit? Let’s be honest, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t have some concerns. It seems like every few minutes there is something in the news, email or on the web that causes us to take a deep breath, and maybe even gives our hearts a little sinking feeling. Some of us might be frustrated with the perception that people are overreacting to this latest health challenge and news in the media. Or some might be thinking not enough has or is being done. There are so many unknowns, but we do know one thing; our merciful God is in control.

Our own grown sons in different parts of the country who have families to support are already feeling some concern as their livelihoods are affected. Schools are closing, events are canceled and while the number of people who have been seriously affected or died from the COVID-19 virus is low relative to our population, there are many things we don’t know and some scary things we do know about the potential of spread. So as believers, how do we respond? Are we on our knees daily and searching scripture for hope and encouragement to share with each other and those around us? Are we praising the Lord for how he is going to use this current circumstance for his good and perfect purpose?

Jesus is the foundation stone of our peace. Without him there is no real peace. The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7) That is a fact, and a promise for us to cling to and share. Why is it important that our hearts and minds are guarded with his peace, especially right now? We have a great opportunity to be examples to our families, friends and acquaintances of God’s peace and love. We can share with people who might be fearful, anxious or angry.

We can offer to help an elderly or disabled neighbor with grocery shopping or a meal. We can call friends and offer encouragement or just a listening ear. We can ask the Lord for new creative ways to connect with people as our staff has been doing the past couple of days. We can take a break from our technology, the news and social media to just pray and ask the Lord for how we can be of help. This a chance for our families to grow stronger and all of us to be united in prayer.

Thank you, Lord for being our Rock, Comforter, hope and the only real source of our peace. Amen

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