Hello my beloved friends and family!
The entire world is concerned with COVID19 right now. We are at the point where we literally cannot go anywhere without fear of being exposed to this disease. The more I watch and read the news, the more depressed I become. As always, my friends and I discuss everything from the effect on our world to conspiracy theories. I have had to stop reading the news updates and limit my news watching just to get some balance. As a journalist, I don’t want to be out of the loop. At the same time, I will not be overwhelmed. Neither should you. So, after listening to my family and friends about the end of days and God’s wrath and rolling my eyes at the other end of the phone, I decided to re-watch an oldie but a goodie with my shelter in place family. William P. Young’s The Shack (available on Amazon Prime to purchase $6.99), tells the beautiful story of forgiveness, redemption and God’s unconditional love. I had a friend who has never seen it, watch it too (from his house).
This beautiful story reminded us that COVID19, like any other pandemic, war or tragedy on this earth is not the wrath of God. It is the product of sin. God loves us as we love our children, probably more. Never did he want His beautiful earth and His perfectly created humans to live like this. No beloved, this is all because we have insisted on playing God as Lucifer tried to in Heaven and Adam and Eve in Eden. It has not and unfortunately will not stop.
But, be encouraged. As I have reminded myself to stay focused on the fact that regardless of what happens here, my Father loves me and is with me, you too my dear family must stay focused on that also. As scripture reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5, we are children of light wrapped in the love of our Father. Beloved, let your light shine through all of these dark days to come.
Grace and peace. Blessings and love.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
1 Thessalonians 5 1-11