The International Olympic Committee recognizes 205 countries and regions which are allowed to compete in the Summer and Winter Olympics. It is a highlight of the crème de la crème–the best of the best athletes who have sacrificed and trained to compete and exhibit their extraordinary skills. The Olympic competition rewards the top three competitors who represent their countries with the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals.
The American people have focused on the economy since the invasion of COVID-19. We have taken drastic steps to abate the decline of the failing economy and to ensure the restoration of our socioeconomic status as if we are competing for the gold medal. The statistics prove that our mindset is not on the preservation of life.
According to Johns Hopkins University, as of today, April 29th, 2020, the United States has reached 1,012,583 total confirmed cases from the Coronavirus. And the Centers for Disease Control have published that the actual number of cases is higher and differs from the reported number of cases.
In three months, we have risen from 45 cases to a world-record number of coronavirus cases. Illness and death growing disproportionally despite our efforts to curtail its impact has taken a toll on families, and healthcare providers. Essential workers fear for their children, their husbands, and wives as they are required to have face-to-face contact with hundreds of people who depend on them for the necessities of life.
The truth is that most people in the U.S. are ready to move forward with their lives. For those who understand the virulence of this infectious disease, we are given this message: “If you are afraid, then stay at home, but don’t stop us from going on with our lives.” Sadly, the attitude that life will go on, at any cost is reflected in our defeat as we ignore the coronavirus cases and deaths.
The State of Georgia’s governor re-opened the state amid a death toll of 1,015 and confirmed cases of more than 24,400.
Gov. Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, will allow malls, stores, movie theaters, and restaurants to open on May 1st — with 25% occupancy.
Thankfully, God will always have people who possess the wisdom to see beyond the gains and losses of the stock market, and they are standing firm in their beliefs that human lives matter. Many individuals live by the ethical principle, non-maleficence, to do no harm and we value life because we honor God.
Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7. When I think of our Heavenly Father bending down to pick up the dirt from the earth, creating us in his image, and breathing life into us, the only event that I can compare it to is a newborn baby taking its first breath.I can only imagine how God felt when he looked at the man and woman he lovingly created.
Because of God’s love for humanity, we should be able to proclaim to God every day: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. I Corinthians 6:19-20. Pray for guidance. When we invite God to lead us, our outcome will always end in victory. It is only God who can provide us with the plan to stay out of harm’s way. Stay steadfast and immovable as we continue this earthly journey as temporary residents.
Prayer: God, we worship you, and we praise your Holy name. Your name is above all other names in heaven and on earth. We ask you to forgive us of our sins and shortcomings. Please provide healing, peace, and comfort to those who are fighting this disease, and for the families who have lost loved ones. We pray for the safety of the essential workers who are serving us, and we ask you to protect our families and us. Please give us the strength to continue to live according to your will. Thank you for creating us, thank you for loving and thank you for taking care of us. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
Love God, Love Others, Love Yourself and Stay in His Presence.
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