May 8

Let your mercy come to me, that I may live. Psalm 119:77

Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her. Mark 1:30-31

As we live through the pandemic and are barraged with news of the havoc it is causing, it is a time that one might wonder why such a thing could happen. Why would God let such suffering and fear pervade our every moment?

It is a time to remember that God is there just as always. He is there to lift each one of us up whatever befalls us. God is the same today, tomorrow, always. I think that is why these words are relevant now as they were when written. Faith gives us strength even when we suffer the most. It helps us to understand that the suffering any one of us may face now is much better borne when we walk forth in the comfort of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

The innumerable acts of kindness and generosity pouring out from so many during this time shows that so many are willing to help and serve others. Each one of them lifts the spirit of someone even when they may not know who receives the kindness. I was touched by the news highlight telling of a child who sent money from the tooth fairy to help to buy a respirator. Just a little thing, not much of a help? Well, it made the national news! Also, it may have inspired others.

During the times of sitting with a loved one at the time of death, I remember the comfort faith brought to each of us even as we knew that our loved one would not survive much longer. Our faith sustained us and assured our loved one that God is there to touch our spirits and souls. We are assured by the promise of eternal life.  

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Thank you for your assurance that we are your beloved children no matter what befalls any one of us. Help us to turn our fears over to you and to know that you touch our spirits and souls every moment of our time here on Earth. Let each of us reach out to help others in any way that we can. In your name we pray, Amen.

Florence Smallfield