It seems that we are hearing the term “unprecedented” frequently now. The Coronavirus Pandemic is described as unprecedented, as are various responses to it, whether those responses were successful or unsuccessful. Dictionary.com defines unprecedented simply as having no precedent; unparalleled. In other words, something unlike anything we have experienced before, and for most of us alive today, this is probably an accurate descriptor of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are now inundated with reports of the pandemic by the 24 hour news cycle with television, radio, internet, news apps, and social media. If we are not careful, this abundance of news can cause a lot of anxiety and fear, and for some even a sense of being overwhelmed and not knowing how to respond.
Let me encourage you, not to give in to fear and anxiety. This pandemic, while unprecedented for us, was no surprise to God. He is still in control, and He can be trusted to love and care for us. In a recent webcast, Pastor Louis Giglio pointed out that this week the US Navy moved two medical ships into port. The USNS Mercy is on now on our west coast, and the USNS Comfort is now on our east coast. I love that a pastor pointed out that God had moved Mercy and Comfort to each side of our country during this pandemic. What a great reminder that God is at work and instead of anxiety and fear, our response should be to turn to Him during this crazy time.
The Apostle Paul identified God as the Father of mercy and the God of all comfort in II Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
I trust that during these challenging times, you may be able to limit your consumption of the news, and replace that time with a focus on the God of all comfort. James 4:8 (ESV) says Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. As you draw near to God and find comfort in Him, He will use you to comfort others around you in this time when anxiety abounds.
MBCH would love to connect you with resources to assist you in knowing how to bring comfort to your family, friends, and others. In the coming days we will be posting resources on our website to assist with strengthening your family relationships, talking to children about the coronavirus, keeping children safe during times of crisis and other relevant resources that you can use in your pursuit of peace and comfort during these unprecedented times.
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