Many of you who follow my website know me personally and know that I have lost my son due to a very sad and difficult situation. Not only my only son, but my two grandsons also. As the years have gone by my loss has deepened and I no longer have any childhood family left. But in all the losses, I am thankful for my husband and how God has blessed our lives. Still, sometimes my losses moves in on me and I feel very much alone. Especially now that Corona is racing it’s way through the world and death is making its way through nation upon nation. Since this pandemic has started, I often find myself yearning for my parents – as if my Dad could take me in his arms and comfort me. As if my mother could lovingly brush the tears from my cheeks and tell me once again that I’m her baby girl, or I could hear my son’s voice saying, Hi Mom, as he comes through the door with his two sons.
With that said, today I am sharing, below, an article that sums up much of how I feel in this time of pandemic — looking back on my life and realizing that I have made mistakes and have been selfish at times. This article makes me understand that I belong to God no matter what, and I have no business feeling sorry for myself. God’s voice is speaking….definitely to me. I hope He is speaking to you. Here is the article from a blogger I follow……..
The words of the blogger:
I have been incredibly selfish and self-centered and I need to make a public apology to my mom and to all the people out there, especially those who are older, who are physically alone right now in this time of quarantine, social distancing and stay at home orders due to COVID-19.
I am sorry for not appreciating human presence.
I am sorry for not appreciating human touch.
To say to those who are alone right now, “Jesus is with you” sounds so trite and un-encouraging to me. I hate, and I mean hate, when I hear people say to someone who is suffering or homeless that “Jesus loves you!” and they just walk away. What does this love of Jesus mean to someone who is suffering [if you walk away]? What does it mean that you will always have a home with Jesus? What in this time of COVID-19 does it mean that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you when everything is a mess and is upside down?
Ultimately, “What good is it, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14-17 ESV).
My challenge to myself and all of us is to truly consider others in this time. For those who have children that are home and driving you crazy, consider those who do not have children and would love to have that problem. Whatever social/relationship situation we are in right now, may we consider those in the opposite.
I am thankful that God does not play favorites. I am thankful that God does not change…
I am a hugger by nature, and right now, dear reader, I am giving you a VERY big hug. May we not allow this pandemic to alter us to the point where we will cease human contact, and touch, because of fear of the next virus.
AND THEN THIS BLOGGER GIVES THEIR PRAYER:
Father God, I am sorry for once again losing focus and sight of You. I am sorry for the way that I have grumbled and complained. Lord God, thank You for the medical professionals and grocery store workers who are putting themselves at risk. Lord God, give political leaders all over the world wisdom and common sense when it comes to dealing with this pandemic. Thank You that You are God and that You are here whether we feel it or not. Lord God, speak to each one of us as to how our faith can be manifested in action during this time of COVID-19. Lord, prepare our hearts for Easter. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.