In a country that has been pulling away and squabbling within itself, the Corona virus may become a surprising unification for our nation.
Will a pandemic force us to “love others as yourself?” It has no doubt already caused the best and worst of people to be exposed.
Jesus commands us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
In a land of plenty, even when we hit hard times, most of us in the United States live with a sense of entitlement and expectation.
It’s so easy to fill our needs without thought of anyone else.
This week we have seen stories of people purchasing hundreds of items such as disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, and face masks, scooping up all available quantities in wide areas just so that they can sell them with hefty up charges, making exorbitant profits with no thought or care about others who cannot get what they need to preserve health or take caution with life-threatening conditions.
In contrast, I read a post about an elderly woman who, although in need of milk, sees only one carton in the store and leaves it for another. “Perhaps a mother with children will come in,” she says. Her heart is heavy and willing to put aside her desires for someone with more need.
The only way our heart can purposely put another ahead of or before us is through humbly obeying the Holy Spirit when He lives within us.
Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, I think one thing Christians will agree on is the need for a National Day of Prayer.
I am thankful President Trump has declared this day, March 15, 2020 as a National Day of Prayer.
It doesn’t matter whether a citizen voted for him, whether or not I like him as a person, or whether they agree with everything he does as President.
What matters is that God has allowed President Trump to be in authority over our country. God calls us to bow to Him first, then respect those in authority over us. The President deserves our support.
Will you please join with our nation in prayer today? I am honored to kneel with my family to pray for our country and all of us - the blessed people living in this nation and world that God has created.
Hearts be opened to the needs of others.
Words be softened toward one another.
Actions reflect those pleasing to our Lord.
Spend the extra time some have right now to invest and grow in Him and teach Jesus more clearly to others.
Let our children see clear models of Him as we step through the coming days as a nation united, not divided.