Like many believers around the country and around the globe, Terri and I have been unable to meet with our church family in person for a number of weeks. Gathering together for fellowship, to commune corporately in worship, to encourage one another and carry each others burdens are hallmarks of any body of believers. COVID-19 has disrupted our opportunity to meet together in person. Many churches, like the one we attend, are offering their services online. And for now, that will have to suffice. Adversity is nothing new to the Church. The early Christians living under Roman rule faced daily persecution because Christianity was not a religion officially approved by the Roman government. But while we are separated physically, we can stay connected in Christ because it is in Him that our hope is found. God is faithful. He keeps his promises. Yes, we will need to be a little more intentional and innovative in how we encourage each other, but thankfully, we have the modern technology to stay connected. Social distancing does not mean that we have to give up meeting together. We can still do that by leveraging the technology readily available to us.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (ESV)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Heavenly Father, we praise Your name. Give us what we need today. Provide us with food and shelter. Keep us out of harm’s way. Grant us good health and well-being, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We pray for our leaders as they formulate and implement plans to combat the COVID-19 virus disrupting life all around the world. We lift up our healthcare workers and all those on the frontlines fighting this disease. We pray for comfort for all those who have lost loved ones to this disease. God, help us overcome this virus outbreak. Help us God! Help Your people! Help the World draw near to You and look to You as their God. Father, we look forward to the day that we will all be able to meet again in person, as ONE church family. Give us the strength we need to persevere and patience to endure this trial. Grant us wisdom to act smartly and not act too hastily. May we place our trust and rest our confidence in You, O God. For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory. Forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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As our nation and our world continue to battle COVID-19, please be encouraged knowing that Terri and I are praying for you and those you love. We hope that during this trial that you and your family will draw nearer to Jesus and look for ways to express God’s love in a tangible way to those in your neighborhood and local community.
Remember to wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home to help save lives.
May God’s peace comfort you during these difficult times.
The Devotional Guy™
ABOUT:The Devotional Guy™is a writing ministry of Rainer Bantau, a chaplain actively and intentionally sharing the love of Jesus with people working in the marketplace and wherever else he encounters them.