Devotionals

Word for though from Martin Luther during this unexpected wilderness journey:

"I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God."

The Annotated Luther, Volume 4: Pastoral Writings, page 404.

 

An inspirational poem titled "Pandemic" by Lynn Ungar.

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love—
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

 

Daily Devotional

 

One way to bring the church closer together is for us all to consider the same devotional each day.  The devotionals at https://d365.org/ are particularly useful for this task. Perhaps you might want to call someone else from the church to talk about this material. 

 

Helpful Scriptures for dealing with the uncertainty of our times. 

1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.

Philippians 4:4-7  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry 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.

Psalm 91:1-2  1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
                          2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”

Hebrews 11:1  Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Psalm 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

Romans 8:5-6  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Isaiah 26:3  Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you.

Psalm 27:1  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghol of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

John 16:33  I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!

Lamentations 3:57  You came near when I called on you; you said, “Do not fear!”

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
                             6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.