March 16

I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.  Psalm 57:2.

The one who endures to the end will be saved.  Mark 13:12

What a scarey time this is.  Unsettled, uncertain, unprecedented.  We are captives of a foe unseen and unknown.  What does the future hold?

Our leaders are making hard decisions which are in our best interests.  We are told again and again what we are to do. Stay home, wash your hands, cancel travel plans, you know all the rest.  Protect ourselves and others from this new enemy.

Perhaps my thoughts are a bit dramatic.  But this is a reality which we have not experienced before in our lifetimes.  Who ever imagined that we could not sit in our pews on a Sunday morning?  Already we are hearing of people who are trying to make money in fraudulent ways during this emergency.

Two words stand out to me in the above scripture verses.  “Purpose”and “endures”.

Our faithful God has a purpose for us.   I believe that in our present situation, he wants us to hold his love in our hearts and in our hands.  Besides caring for ourselves,  we are to care for our neighbors.  We need God in our eyes and ears,

We need to be alert for signs that all is not well in another’s life. This is not really new.  It is our charge for every day as we follow in Christ’s steps.

Endurance is the ability to hold on, to persist, to withstand adversity.  If we look around, there are examples of endurance every where.  Our God, in his unknowable way, has given us the will and the ability to endure what this life on earth gives us.

Although we don’t know what’s around the corner, we can hold on to hope and love and peace. 

May all be well with you!  Thanks be to God.

Joan Perlich