What Do You See?

Don’t be anxious about anything; but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding , will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

When I look at the world today, I see Satan at work. He divides us, causing us to fight among ourselves. The political parties can’t seem to agree on anything. Prejudice seems to be growing instead of getting any better. And this Coronavirus seems to have everyone second guessing scientists and theologians alike. When will it all stop?

I’m not sure when it will stop, but my prayer is that God will use this time to bring us all together. Instead of hurting our fellow human beings, let us all realize that we’re in this together. We’re all hurting in one way or another.

Many are on the front lines of this pandemic making sure that we have what we need; food, medical supplies, cleaning products and toilet paper. Ah, yes, toilet paper! The first product that was hoarded. The sacrifices of many are allowing the rest of us to shelter in place with relative ease. But many have lost their jobs and now face not only COVID, but fears of how to support their families once the threat has subsided. Companies are filing bankruptcy in the economic downfall.

Churches are all over the place, too. Meet, don’t meet? Inside or outside, with singing or without? This sends pastors and congregations into a tailspin. Again, I see arguments for and against all these issues on social media. But let’s remember to love others as ourselves and not ridicule another for the way they see things. What’s right for one church may not work for all churches. But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

Let’s move forward in love allowing each person to move forward at a speed that may not seem fast enough or too fast. Just remember to be considerate of others and give mercy. Let’s come together the way we did after 9/11, but let’s remember this time. Remember the pride we felt at being an American and how many turned to God. This time, be sure to pass the knowledge you gain on to the younger generations.

The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4

We may see Satan at work, but if you look a little closer, you’ll see the glimmer of hope that we find in Jesus, who has already paid the price for all who will accept it.

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