19 O how abundant is your goodness
you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of everyone!
20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
from human plots;
you hold them safe under your shelter
from contentious tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was beset as a city under siege.
22 I had said in my alarm,
“I am driven far from your sight.”
But you heard my supplications
when I cried out to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all you his saints.
The Lord preserves the faithful,
but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord.
I came into this world on the heels of the Korean war. I served in the Vietnam war, lived through the Gulf war, and the war in Afghanistan. I came into the world on the heels of the Polio epidemic. Have lived through the Hong Kong flu, swine flu pandemic, and now, so far, thank the Lord, COVID-19. This list does not include many of “scares” we have had in U. S. history when it comes to various diseases.
It is truly difficult to maintain optimism when every day on the news we hear of more cases and more deaths. But maintain optimism we must! Although it sounds trite the old Persian adage is true, “This too shall pass.” The question is, will we maintain our faith, remain tried and true for those of us who have been through previous experiences as I named above, that we may bring hope to all through our actions, that is, the example we set?
I pray we may have greater appreciation for the activities we cannot participate in now and at the same time learn, or even relearn, activities that are now very meaningful to us.
May we be thankful for those who are on the frontlines dealing with the pandemic and help them by following the guidelines for remaining virus free. All of us, most likely, have had to sacrifice time with some family members and friends. May we have greater appreciation for them, realizing how much they mean to us.
Let us be in prayer for those who have fallen victim to COVID-19 and all other diseases. Let us be in prayer for those who have lost family members, lost their jobs, lost their homes, and lost their will to survive.
These are stormy days. Days that try our resolve to be optimistic, looking to God. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.