Dear Friends in Christ,
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty...
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Ps 91:1, 5 & 6
The Psalms echo the concerns of our hearts so evocatively. The 91st Psalm has been of comfort and strength to us for thousands of years. It is very apt for those of us praying and serving through the issues with the coronavirus.
We do dwell under the shadow of God’s protective wings and these words put all of our worries into perspective. As we move through these weeks of prudent care perhaps this psalm will be our prayer; repeated after we listen to the news and if we awake in the middle of the night.
Because of the strength we receive from God, we can encourage others who may be fearful. Along with this we need practical steps in response to the virus.
Last week, we posted out some initial measures to follow as we gather in church communities, as well as at home. We practice these measures not only for our own individual health, but also to protect those who are most vulnerable to infection of any kind: those with existing health issues, the elderly, and those who for whatever reason are susceptible to respiratory viruses like this.
This week, we are expanding our message to include some readiness for ourselves at home, as well as for our church leaders: clergy, administrators, and lay leaders. Some of this will feel unnecessary, and in fact may well be premature for your context. It may be that your area will not suffer a severe outbreak of the virus and I hope that these preventative measures will not be needed.