A Note to Pilgrims: COVID19

I am tempted to begin this note with the oft-repeated phrase that ‘we live in uncertain times.’ This, of course, is a true statement. And yet it would be naive to think that this is only true of our present moment. The truth is that the human race has been living in uncertain times since Adam first fell into sin and brought curse and misery upon God’s good creation. Lest we forget, sickness, pain, decay, and death—none of these should exist in the world. And yet they are illegitimate anti-realities that intrude and encroach upon our lives like clouds of toxic fumes that blind us and suffocate us with violence.

On the one hand, it is understandable that the news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic should strike reasonable fear, concern, and grief in us. On the other hand, we must not be flippant or complacent just because there are encouraging reports of overwhelmingly more recoveries than fatalities; and of courageous men and women working tirelessly to treat the sick and to find a vaccine to the virus. At the heart of the current global health emergency is the reality of fallen humanity’s frailty and mortality. Amidst all the frenzy of uncertainties that surround us and our mortality, the prayer of Moses in Psalm 90:12 shines a light upon our onward path: ‘So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.’ More than any other earthly provision or contingency plan, what we need is wisdom from above. As those who understand the place of this pandemic within the wider context of God’s redemption, we possess a unique perspective on how it will all play out in the end. Glory is certain for Christ is ours and we are His. ‘We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.’ (Hebrews 6:19)

And so, armed with hope and taught by wisdom, let us journey on ahead with full confidence that our God is in full control. Let us resist the urge to panic as those who know not security. Let us persevere in prayer that the Lord might show His mercy in putting an end to this global crisis. Let us pray and hope and know that good will ultimately come of these evil days, and that our Almighty God will be glorified.

On the common sense front, let us maintain good hygiene, minimize social contact, eat well, get enough rest, and keep vigilance. In these trying days, may we fix our eyes on Jesus in faith, hope, and love, even as we seek to be a community that is truly together for good. May the LORD bless, keep, and sustain you and all yours in Christ Jesus our Lord!

—Pastor James

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