Unprecedented seems to be a word that I am typing all too often. And of course, as I look at the empty parking lot at work it seems to be unprecedented. Jason’s at home with his kids with the schools closed for at least 3 weeks. Philip and Amanda have their kids home until September with AB closing their schools for the rest of the season. Mom is in her place in a lockdown – no visitors, no going out except for a walk around the block.
Unprecedented – seems t be a word that will only become more widely used as we journey through these days. Of one thing we can be certain, it will be worse before it’s better. So, let’s consider this.
First, most of us are still in good health and are very likely to remain so. Secondly, we live in a land of excellent health care. Thirdly, our standard of living means most will be able to ride out the economic storm which is likely to accompany the health scare. And lastly, we live as citizens in The Kingdom of God. We are His children, the metaphor also being said as the sheep of His pasture. God, the creator of heaven and earth who breathed life into us has us in His hand.
So be of good cheer and wash your hands! Find ways of caring for your neighbours, of giving encouragement to your co-workers and helping to alleviate fear.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
– Isaiah 41:10