Today was a game-changer for the state of Maryland. Our governor made a sweeping executive order. All schools, large churches, and many other events and business are shut down for at least two weeks. Everyone, in one way or another, is affected by the mysterious coronavirus. I am sure you are too.
I recorded this video about an hour before the governor made his announcement, but fear and anxiety were already swirling around. I hope what I share is encouraging and helpful, as we all navigate through this very unsettling time in our country and in the world.
Tonight at Bible study, my friend Christa felt led to read this prayer to all of us. It is perfect. St. Francis’ words, written so long ago, beautifully describe the peace so many are seeking now. I encourage you to share it.
Be At Peace
Be at peace. Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look at them with full hope as they arise. God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them. He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow, the same everlasting Father who cares for you today, will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside all anxious and thoughts and imaginings.
– Francis of Assisi
Let’s choose to be a thermostat and share the love and peace of God with a very unsettled and frightened world.
Love to all,