The spread of this virus is causing great concern around the world. Supermarket shelves are empty, and in many streets are empty too. The second hardest hit country after China is Italy. They predicted that if the spread of the virus in Italy continues at the same rate as the previous two weeks, that they will exceed their ability to care for their residents in two weeks.
You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you. Exodus 23:25
While far more people recover from this virus than die, we must continue to pray for those afflicted by COVID-19. The infirm and the young are most at risk. Precautions and prayer are necessary.
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22
We all have friends who are the sole caregivers to children with Autism, Intellectual Disability and other social, mental and physical disabilities. Schools and daycare programs are closing down and interrupting schedules and routines that can be disruptive behaviorally to some. Routines and jobs for caregivers can be at risk too.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23
This virus can give way to worry and anxiety about the future, protecting your family, and protecting yourself.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
The Elderly and Shut-ins
We must not forget those who will be most in need. Our seniors and shut-ins are at risk. They could run low on necessary items for health and hygiene as well as food and water. Check on them during this season of loneliness.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Matthew 25:30-42