CAN WE FIND GOOD IN THIS

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Yesterday I went grocery shopping for the week. As I made my way through the aisles I couldn’t help but notice more people than usual doing the same.  Some had filled their carts to capacity and even to the point of overflowing.  One lady actually had to stop occasionally to pick up something that escaped from her cart.  I had to make a second trip today because I’d forgotten something.  I was astounded by the number of  empty shelves – not only  paper products and bottled water, but pain relievers, cold and allergy meds, cough drops and vitamins.  Food products were also disappearing at a quick rate.

The only thing that panic hoarding will accomplish is shortages for those who really are in need of those things.  The same is true with the stock market.  People are buying and selling because of fear of losing their life savings and retirement incomes.  I get it.  Fear can do that to people.

I think back a few months ago and our nation was in the midst of impeachment hearings and a trial for the same.  A nation divided in opinion and beliefs was causing families to battle within – to lose valuable friendships – to blast their opinions on social media and we saw an infighting within our government officials in a show of bipartisanship we haven’t witnessed in quite a while.

We have been victimized by fake news and like the boy who cried wolf, now a new predator knocking at the door we don’t seem to comprehend what’s true and false.

Whenever there’s an emergency of the magnitude we’re experiencing through the corona virus, we naturally panic.  The fact that this is a worldwide epidemic concerns us even more.  We can either chose to run away and hide or we can run into it, educate ourselves and pray.  God has promised to be there with us in all situations.

Prayer is often used as a last resort, but maybe this is our wakeup call to get in touch with our Creator and ask for His intervention, His guidance, His wisdom, His peace and the comfort He gives through His Holy Word.  Instead of letting fear get the best of us, we can turn to the only One who offers answers to our questions and fears.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  John 14:27

Dear, God of comfort and peace,

Wrap your loving arms around us and shield us in the shelter of your wings.  There is a reason for this and all things that we face each day.  Keep us from going off the deep end with worry about impending doom.  I know that you are in complete control of all things.  You were there at the first Passover when the angel of death came to take the lives of the firstborn of each family.  You are with us today as we face this worldwide pandemic.  

We don’t understand what your purpose is for it, but we know that everything you do is for our good.  Watch over my family – my youngest daughter and her family as they leave the country for a vacation they’ve planned on – for my oldest grandson who is currently living in S. Korea waiting to teach ESL to students who are unable to attend school because of quarantine – for my oldest daughter who has a weakened immune system.  Protect all those who are fighting this disease – the medical personnel – the researchers looking for a cure – the organizations keeping us updated and informed – for those experiencing fear and panic through all this.  

Give us the peace that you are in control of all things and that you have your eye on everything.  We pray with confidence in your Son, Jesus’ name.  Amen!

 

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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13 Responses to CAN WE FIND GOOD IN THIS

  1. davidkitz says:

    Peace be with you.

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  2. pastorpete51 says:

    Amen! I love the prayer. Prayer works far better than fretting which I confess I have done my fair share of lately. Yes God certainly is in control.

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  3. God’s peace to you as well as your family. I have observed the same lack of calm vigilance in my weekly shopping at the grocery store with empty shelves and more traffic than normal in the store. Just as the Israelites panicked at the Red Sea as Pharoah’s chariots approached, we see similar human behavior in these trying and challenging times. Prayer is definitely a source of faith and hope.

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  4. Oh my gosh, I’ve been writing my post for tomorrow and it’s to be about my adventure to the grocery store today—I wrote of the carts so overflowing that the items were falling on the floor.
    CRAZINESS!
    But yes, peace indeed!!!!
    And so yes, we pray!!!!!!
    AMEN!!!!!!!

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  5. Lifetime Chicago says:

    Out schools closed yesterday for three weeks here in Illinois..per governor..we have no one exposed in our county. I work in a kindergarten and the kids were sobbing that they could not come back. Almost retired at 64, I think that we are really losing it but maybe God intended this to happen to put reality in check. People have asked if I am going write about this and I am leaving that in God’s hands. And I am going out as much as possible…will enjoy the quiet of restaurants. Our library closed but I had fair warning and stocked up today.

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  6. Salvageable says:

    Very well said. J.

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  7. Amen! Beautiful post and prayer. God is with us through this, and while we don’t quite know the reason God has ordained this , we do know that his judgments are true and righteous altogether. Psalm 19

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