Before COVID-19 hit our world, many of us adults remember 9/11.
It was my Freshman year in college and I had just finished my first class of the day. As many Bevill students did, I stopped by the “Bear’s Den” to talk to some friends and hang out a few minutes before the next class.
I hadn’t been there long when one of my friends raced in and breathlessly went on about how the Pentagon was on fire and New York had been hit. All of this happened as we had 8 am classes. One of the guys grabbed the TV remote from the girl watching Soaps and turned it to CNN.
Yep, this all happened. To us. To America!
Fast forward many years (as 9/11 was literally half my life ago), and we have the COVID-19 epidemic.
Unlike 9/11, I can’t remember the first time I heard about this disease. Random conversations on talk radio mentioned the deadly flu-like symptoms in China during late 2019. Some people shared memes on social media of how they were immune to the “Coronavirus” thanks to drinking so much Corona. It all seemed bad . . . for China . . . but not us.
I vaguely remember hearing the news about COVID-19 spreading to the US. My heart hurt for coworkers in California and the upper northwest of our country who had to keep caution due to multiple cases of this disease around them. Still, I rejoiced in living in Alabama and not personally feeling the effect.
Clear as day I remember getting the news that schools had been canceled and activities like baseball and dance and gymnastics postponed. My kids cheered about school and cried about their extracurriculars, too young to understand the magnitude of what this all means.
How COVID-19 Affects Our Faith
I saw a post yesterday by a former coworker about her fear during this. She didn’t like admitting that the whole epidemic scared her, but it did. She has young children looking to her, and she needed to keep the faith – not just for her but for her family.
She mentioned reading Psalm 91 in The Message translation. I love this translation and especially found comfort in this part:
“Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.”
I encourage anyone feeling anxious to read Psalm 91. Read it in different translations and throughout the day whenever you need extra assurance of WHO is in charge of this world.
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”– John 16:33 AMP
Encouragement During Quarantine
As an extrovert, I have missed going out unless necessary. It sucks to not eat in restaurants with friends or gather together in corporate worship at church, or even visit our elderly grandparents out of caution.
While school is out, I plan on posting some reading and writing activities for kids of all ages. These will include links to art projects as well by my friend April Coleman, owner of Created Resources. I also plan to post some devotionals since many of our kids miss their Sunday school lessons. And I miss teaching my middle school girls Sunday school!
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With God and one another, we will get through this!
Love, Kaci 🙂