The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
Covid-19 and its impacts are creating an unprecedented level of distress in our community. There are not many in our community who have experienced such disruption and existential distress in their lifetime.
The church has a unique ability to respond in times of uncertainty and anxiety because even though we face the same challenges we are sustained and empowered by our faith in God.
Historically the church has been at the forefront of caring in times of crisis. During epidemics and their aftermath, Christians in the early church outloved, outstayed, and outlived the mainstream of Roman society. Christians believed that God was merciful and caring, and their trust in God amidst disease schooled them in the ways of God’s care and mercy. The threat of illness and death did not induce fear, but care.
We are called to care. We are called to be people of compassion and mercy. Once again our our key role is to care for not only each other but those in our community who are affected by the outbreak of Covid-19.
We need to speak up and declare a different narrative than the one that is currently dominating our media and social interactions. Yes we are in the midst of a crisis as people and a nation but God is bigger than all of this.