March 25, 2020

I’ve been trying to figure out what this COVID 19 situation feels like. In one way, it feels familiar, like hunkering down for a hurricane to hit, or hiding in a cellar as tornado sirens go off, or waiting well above sea level as a tsunami is on the way.  Perhaps it is what the people in Poland felt like as Hitler’s army invaded their beloved country. People prepared as best as they could, they heard reports of the German troops’ march west, but life still went on (sort of) as it always did. That is, until the day that their region, or their town suddenly heard the sounds of mortar fire, or saw a neighbor’s house go up in flames.  It seems that the enemy has arrived close to our county, our home.  

Our schools are closed for the rest of the school year, and non-essential businesses are closed as well. The enemy isn’t at our door, but that may only a matter of time. In 2 Chronicles 20, a great multitude of enemy forces had surrounded Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat, King of Israel, gathered the people together to pray. Here is a portion of his prayer, “You are the God in heaven. Trouble may come to us. It may be war, punishment, sickness, or a time of hunger. If it comes we will stand before you. We will cry out to you when we are in trouble. We have no power against this large army that is attacking us. We don’t know what to do. So we look to you for help!”

We cry out to you when we are in trouble. We don’t know what to do. So we look to you, our God, for help! That’s a prayer for our time!

Praying in faith and trust,

Anne

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