March 31

Psalm 31:9-16

“I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.” vs 11

The psalmist didn’t know it but his words are a pretty good description of what it’s like to be infected with the Coronavirus. Thankfully that hasn’t happened for many of us but it’s certainly something that we fear. We carefully practice social distancing and monitor our physical symptoms, and wonder if the sore throat is just a cold or a sign of something more sinister. Almost all have changed their daily habits and are eliminating all physical interactions, a boon to introverts and agony for those more extroverted. Life has changed for all–and we’re struggling to figure out the new normal. We listen to the pundits for guidance, and then wonder if anyone knows what the immediate effects of this pandemic will be. Everyone just seems to be guessing! In our isolation we worry about family and friends and some, like the psalmist, feel horribly estranged. It’s a tough spot, and if we’re looking for guidance we could do worse than pay attention to the psalmist’s prayer, “Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.” Ultimately it comes down to a matter of trust and a reliance upon our core values. Like the psalmist we do believe in Divine Presence and know that beyond the immediate turmoil and confusion, even beyond the pain and sorrow, we can securely rest in God’s arms of love.

Thought for the Day: How is my faith helping me in these days?

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