Additional COVID Prevention Options
Does the pandemic ever weigh on you? Today it weighed on me with some tough questions, as maybe it also does you at times. So I'm going to start this letter with sharing about that... then below I'll get into the physical health info sharing. Look for the yellow highlight for that in case you want to skim or skip anything. 😉
Heart share: This pandemic is no easy thing to navigate, and it doesn't help when family members argue over what to do about it. Today I pondered why God allowed this virus to come about because the effects have been so difficult, and for some there are increased risks no matter what they chose to do about "C," whether they get the "V" or choose an alternate path. In praying about it I found some comfort knowing that suffering wasn't God's intention, it is a result humankind's choices. In the Garden of Eden as recorded in Genesis 3, Eve and Adam sinned after being tempted and choosing their own way rather than God's; then life became hard. The first death also occurred as a result, and in God's mercy, He killed an animal to cover Adam and Eve's sins so they could have a restored relationship with Him - this was a picture of what was to come with the death of the coming Messiah, Jesus. And it's because of God's love that He gave Eve and Adam (and us) choices, whether we want to choose His way or ours. Without choices there can be no loving relationship.
Suffering hasn't stopped since the garden, and it won't stop, until those who trust in Jesus go to heaven. One of the verses I cling to when I struggle with the suffering of others or my own is Revelation 21:4, which states, "And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain." There will be an end to suffering one day for them, the Bible says. (If you'd like to discuss the reliability of the Bible I'm having discussions on Wednesdays based on the book Cold Case Christianity, for anyone who is interested. Just reply to this email for more details. 🙏) I also find comfort in Romans 8:28, that "God works all things together for good to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose." And He is not distant or apathetic, He knows and cares about every detail, weeping with us in our pain and sorrow: John 11:35 "Jesus wept" (when his friend Lazarus died). He is also always close-by: Psalm 139:7-12 "If I say, 'Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,' Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You." I love those verses. ❤
What can we do about it? Well, we can address our own shortcomings and do our best to make the world a better place for those who come after us, so that they don't suffer more than we do; and we can press into God, who is available to be our comforter, strength and deliverer to help us get through it. This is made possible through coming to Him and saying, "God, I trust You and I want You to help me. Please show me the way." Then follow whatever He tells you to do. He will do it; He will help you, guide you, comfort you and give you