As I write this, I am in Day 5 of Oregon’s mandated #StayHomeStaySafe efforts. My husband, Jay, who is in the later stage of Alzheimer’s, is in “lockdown” in a long term care facility, which means that no visitors are allowed. I have not seen him in about two months, the longest we have been apart since we got married 16 years ago.
The COVID19/Coronavirus is terrifying, not just for the damage it can do to communities and individuals, but for the continual sense of impending doom it brings with it. Where do we turn when community worship has become dangerous?
Here is the scripture passage I am using to calm my unsteady heart and spirit in this truly uncertain time:
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid, for the Lord
God is my strength and my might; God has become my salvation. Isaiah 12: 2
As an independent woman who has learned to “take care of myself”, it is difficult for me to trust God sometimes even in the little things. So trusting God in matters of life and death does not always come easily for me. Yet I *know* in my heart that trusting God is the best and dare I say, only way to truly not be afraid.
May God bless and keep us in the coming days, as we prepare to live fearlessly in a time of fear.