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I was gently admonished for my blog last week from different sources. I heard things like I need to find things to be thankful for. I need to accept the laws of the land and not second-guess their wisdom. I was told to search for the deep in the solitude as Paul did under house arrest, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Nelson Mandela in prison. All of these suggestions have merit.
And so, I prayed. I asked God to change my attitude. I spent time, real time, practising gratitude for the many, many wonderful blessings I have in my life, but no … my mind kept coming back to the following. I could not shake it. I grieve, and I mean literally grieve for all the situations in which the measures taken to slow Covid 19 have exacerbated unsafe and difficult family situations …
These are just some of the ways this isolation is going to have far-reaching spiritual, social, economic, and mental health repercussions for many months to come.
For those of you who welcome the nice break from routine, have enough money to weather the storm, or still have income rolling in, no judgement.
I am speaking to those of you who understand because you have been in one of the above situations at one point in your life, like I have. To those of you who do understand—join me in prayer. You know from experience this is not a holiday, a rest, or a wonderful sabbatical for many—instead, a living hell.
Join me in crying out to Yahweh-Raphe the LORD our Healer to heal our land. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 says ..."comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all." Please join me in prayer for the marginalized.
Thank you, Jesus, for your power to heal. Come Yahweh-Raphe we pray.
Thank you Jesus for the amazing gift of Easter ... Isaiah 52: 5&6 "He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."
Listen to this Easter Rendition of Hallelujah by a young lady, Amelia Kate. She belted out hope and joy in her driveway, bringing Easter joy to her neighbourhood. Thumbs up Amelia Kate.
Totally agree with you. No one has the right to tell you how to feel. Your point of view is completely justified.
I don't mind the guidance in looking at things from all different angles, it gives me the opportunity to really check my inner motivations, attitudes etc. But in this particular case, the grief stuck. No amount of gratitude changed my call to pray for the dire circumstances the extreme measures government has taken to curb Covid 19 has and is creating. Families are at risk, as well as many other marginalized people groups. But thanks for the support Holly.
I can see there are those who understand what I am trying to say. Thank you for you support and your prayers for the suffering.
You make a very valid point. I thought of some of these same issues and am glad you brought them out into the open.
Issues that are uncomfortable to think about, and negative some would even venture to say ... are turned from inconvenient truth to prayers that heal. Thank you for joining me in prayer Karen.