Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
Our lives have changed drastically from the time of the initial diagnosis of the coronavirus in January to the current status of a National Emergency. Within two months, school closures, job layoffs, restricted buying of certain items, curfews, and the temporary closures of many retailers, have impacted our lives as never before.
Even most healthcare providers have been caught off guard by the vast spread of the coronavirus to the level of a pandemic disease. The statistics only represent the diagnosed cases of this infectious disease. It is unfortunate that individuals exist who remain undiagnosed and untreated due to common fears of isolation, job loss, lack of citizenship status, and other reasons. Because we must consider the possibility of this hidden population, and the noncompliant patients, it is a necessity for Federal and State agencies to intervene and implement shutdowns to contain further disease transmission.
Believer Alert: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6. Do you believe that God was fully aware of our current status prior to its occurrence?
Now is the time for us to improve our relationship with God by living a faith-based life. Communication with God through prayer and the diligent study of the Bible must dominate the majority of our free moments. Without a strong connection to God, our faith weakens and we give in to worry and fear. God is here and is waiting for us to ask for our necessities and His protection during this world crisis. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
When we maintain our connection to God, we possess a tender heart, full of compassion and we fervently pray on behalf of those who are diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, those who are isolated and unable to perform their normal routines. We must also consider the Healthcare workers, First Responders, those in Law Enforcement, the City and County employees, and the military who continue to deliver care, protect and serve our communities, and our nation.
There are no options for shutting down the acute care facilities, nursing homes, healthcare agencies, medical offices, clinics, fire stations, and law enforcement agencies. Most retailers, supermarkets, post offices, and express delivery companies are open and serving their communities; please remember the employees who face the risk of this disease because they are providing necessary services to the public.
Intercessory prayers should be sent up on a daily basis for the healing of those diagnosed with the coronavirus and for the protection of the men and women who are at risk. Can we count on each other to pray for the resolution of this pandemic disease? This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
Has God supplied your basic needs? Then it is time to move forward and think of those in need. The seniors, the disabled, and underserved populations may have limited access to water, food, hand sanitizer, and personal toiletries. We can assist with financial donations to churches and other non-profit organizations, including shelters that provide services to the community. Remember annual budgets did not include funding to meet the needs of our current national emergency status.
Some additional guidelines from the CDC:
The CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified those who are at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus:
- Older Adults
- Persons with serious health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and Diabetes
These individuals should take steps such as stocking up on supplies, avoiding crowds and staying home as much as possible. http://www.cdc.gov
Yes, it is necessary during this crisis to take steps to protect ourselves from contracting this airborne virus, including proper handwashing. These precautions do not contradict our faith and trust in God. In fact, we have a godly responsibility to care for our bodies which are the “temples of the Holy Spirit.” Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 1:2
Stay informed, and Stay close to God.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 NIV
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz RN 2020