March 30, 2020 - Close To Home
When I woke this morning I realized that the numbers of deaths and coronavirus cases had increased significantly over the weekend. When it begins to hit closer to home, it has a greater impact on all of us. We received calls over the weekend that two of our dear friends in New York had tested positive and had been severely ill, but the good news is that they are recovering. I am sure all of us know someone who has been affected in some way and our spirits may have been troubled. We were also impacted when we were informed that a person we know was hospitalized who lives in Fort Washington. This virus has no special geographical location to attack. Even over the weekend, we heard on the news that little Potecasi, North Carolina had approximately 26 cases in one Assistant Living Facility. Up until last week there were no cases in the county, Northampton, where I am from, but things have changed rapidly. Twenty six cases in Potecasi is like a thousand in New York, for our population is close to two hundred people. When I woke up this morning I said, "This is too close to home."
I share this only to strongly suggest that we continue to stay home, wash our hands thoroughly, adhere to social distancing and all the safety measures that have been put in place. I encourage all of us to encourage others who may not be practicing safety measures at this time.
I am reminded in Psalm 145:18 of these words: "The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all that call on him in truth."
We are to be reminded that God does not leave us alone to battle with the world, for He is always close to us. To pray in truth, we must have a true heart; and then as I said on yesterday, we must be humble, pray, seek God's face and repent, or else our prayer is a lie. We are convinced that He is a very present help in times of trouble to all who call on his name. Isn't it comforting knowing that we have a God that is always standing by us. 2 Timothy 4:17 says, "The Lord stood by me, etc." Remember today that God is with us.
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41: 10
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor