Welcome to The COVID-19 Devotionals | Day 37! Part of me wants to end this series, especially since it looks like local, state, and federal governments are starting to open things back up, but I think we are merely turning the page and beginning Part Two of this surreal creative non-fiction story. While I doubt this will turn into my version of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” I will continue chronicling my COVID-19 experiences and sharing bits of help and encouragement along the way.
Friday, May 1, 2020, is the day that Texas launches into Phase One of reopening the economy. Across the country, some business owners are already operating in protest of the economic hardships this has brought on them. Recently, demonstrators in several states protested outside their state and city government buildings because of the burdensome weight that restrictions bear and that is currently crushing the American economy. The economic impact of COVID-19 is something we see all around the world.
As I write this post, the debate about whether closing everything down to slow the spread of the virus was the right action to take has already begun in many parts of the nation and the world. Because leaders took action, the number of deaths and the number of those infected is lower than projected. Naturally, having mitigated what surely would have been disastrous outcomes now seems like an overreaction at first glance especially when you compare the number of fatalities to the number of people who lost their livelihood. You see, during COVID-19, we realized that poverty kills the spirit way before it kills the person. It’s a lesson previous generations learned all too well. It is a good reminder for us.
However, that doesn’t mean that the actions taken by government leaders at the behest of health officials and disease experts were misguided or erroneous. Surely we didn’t forget the catastrophic results inaction had on Italy? And if you still have doubts, ask the Governor of New York if he had to do it all over again if he would not shut things down? Certainly, he would and perhaps he would act even sooner the second time around. Hindsight always sees things perfectly, especially when it supports our own biases.
I pray as we continue to move forward that we will all be sensible and not rush to fill up the movie theaters and dining rooms of our favorite eating establishments. I know we want to because we miss them and we want to show them our support. Millions of us would love to gather with our church families or gather with our school friends but now is not the time—at least not yet. We need to persevere and endure a little bit longer and get this right the first time. A second blow will surely be more devastating than the first, as hard as that may be to believe knowing what we know now. But, how many of us had ever even heard of a coronavirus this past New Year’s Eve as we ushered in a new decade? Not too many, I would venture to guess.
Father God, thank You for giving us this day. Thank You for Your word which sustains us through difficult times like these. Thank You O Lord for keeping me and my family healthy and for the work we each continue to be able to pursue. We lift to You all those who are suffering. We pray for those who are ill, who have lost loved ones, and for those who have lost their jobs. We remain confident in You, Almighty God, as we move forward amidst this storm. Give us the wisdom and strength to persevere and endure these next days as the economy begins to open back up. Let us implement wisdom and exercise prudence while we venture into our new normal. In Jesus’ name! Amen.
- Is where you live reopening businesses and other places?
- Will you be dining out at restaurants, going to the movies, or getting your hair done in the upcoming week?
- What are your biggest fears and concerns during this COVID-19 pandemic?
- Have you or a loved one lost their business or become unemployed as a result of COVID-19?
- What new things have you learned during this crisis?
How you can pray for us:
Terri and I have tons to be thankful for and are fortunate. God has steered us through this storm safely thus far and we are confident He will continue to do so. That doesn’t mean we don’t have problems or face issues that we wouldn’t welcome your collective prayers about to beseech our Creator for His help. We covet and cherish your prayers.
One of the prayers weighing heavily on our hearts centers on recent efforts by certain social media platforms to suppress my blog, The Devotional Guy™ on their individual public platforms. Since March, several social media platforms have barred me from sharing my blog posts because they have determined that my site contains content that is malicious, harmful, or offensive and that my content violates their community standards. To this day, even after numerous inquiries, I have yet to receive any explanation of what specifically violates their community standards. I continue to barred from sharing my content. Thankfully, in early April, a team of legal experts from the First Liberty Institute joined us in our battle against these social platforms suppressing the Christian views expressed on my blog.
We pray that this issue would get resolved and that we would win a victory not only for our site but for any site, particularly other Christian blogs, fighting to have their voice heard in a culture where some seek to silence us. that’s it for now. Thanks for reading The COVID-19 Devotionals and my blog, The Devotional Guy™. Know that we are praying for you as this pandemic continues its hold over our nation.
During these unusual times, my Christian faith serves as an anchor keeping me firmly grounded. I covenant to pray more and to be more devoted to prayer. I hope you will join me in becoming more prayerful.
Be safe. Stay healthy.
The Devotional Guy™
ABOUT: The Devotional Guy™ is a writing ministry of Rainer Bantau, a seasoned gospel preacher, church musician, and chaplain ministering to individuals in their workplaces, to the homeless, and wherever he meets them. Highly skilled in listening, caring, and helping others as they navigate life’s challenges, he shares helps, hope, and insights on his blog, The Devotional Guy™.
I believe that to experience life the way God intended, you and I must receive God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, God has made this gift available to all who ask.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Will you personally receive the gift of eternal life so that you can experience the total forgiveness from your sins that come through believing in the atoning death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”