Think of it this way . . .     

How do you honestly feel about the coronavirus thing? Most of my life I have made it a habit to catch the news—world, national and local—by television, newspaper or radio, a.m., p.m. and sometimes in between. Not that I enjoy it, necessarily, because so much is bad and worrisome news. Just like the current pandemic is now. Admittedly, I have mixed feelings about it. Such news needs to be announced, of course, but I’m also a little weary (and somewhat wary) of so much hype about the COVID-19. Watching the public-at-large respond, I keep thinking, “I guess this actually is a case where it’s better to err on the side of caution” (but ????)

My hope is that all of us will handle this COVID-19 scare with wise decorum and positive confidence. I appreciate what one great thinker and learned leader named Winston Churchill recommended during another “dark hour”: “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” I, for one, refuse to obsess and panic over it. Of course, I will continue to be careful about where I go (if I have to go), whom I touch (if that’s really necessary), and wash (they don’t call me “Mr. Clean” without good reason).

It’s also like, “Que sera, sera—Whatever will be, will be.” I can’t deny this terrible thing, but I am one to cope with things as they come. That’s another way of saying that I trust in God’s watch-care over these situations and that, in my discussing these type matters with Him, I will trust that His Spirit will lead and guide us (more especially those of us who claim to be people of faith). Here’s just a small part of His side of this discussion:

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”  (Ps 37:23–25, NLT)     

“And {so,} we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,” (Titus 2:12, NLT) 

Hang in there, ladies & gentlemen.

-John D.  

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