The prompt is gratitude.
In All Circumstances Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). All right, God. Because You say so. Thanks a lot for this scourge that has killed hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. I can sincerely thank You for the people who call their elderly neighbors and say “Is there anything you need?” I thank You also for the doctors and nurses and orderlies who work long hours caring for the sick. For the grocery clerks who stock the shelves and who gather customer’s orders. For the people who conscientiously wash their hands and wear their masks. For the people who lost their jobs and don’t know where their next meal will come from. For the people who don’t know how they will pay their rent. For the children who can’t go to school. Thank You also for the people who died alone, whose loved ones wanted to be there to comfort them, but weren’t allowed. You see my tears and You know I am devastated for them and angry at You for letting this happen. But I know there are also blessings that I can’t see. So I thank You for Your invisible movement through this valley. I thank You that out of pain and death You can make life and beauty, even if I can’t see it now. It hurts. But I trust You. And I thank You. Even though I don’t know why.
I recognize your pain, as it is a mirror-image of many of us. We just have to hold on to our faith. I imagine this is how people felt in 1918 with the flu epidemic and during World Wars. Yet, humanity has survived and lives lived afterwards, and I just believe it will be the same for us, through the grace and mercy of God. I am thankful that for everyone who thinks like Trump, there is someone who trusts in Dr. Fauci and listens and wears a mask. Maybe it is in the Dr. Fauci’s of this pamdemic that we see God at work. That gives me hope.
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I can see the relationship between this and your last writing. I do think the Lord is trying to tell us something.
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