Where did April go? It’s a mystery, especially from our “lockdown” position which has made some days appear longer than usual. Being “grounded” has been tough in many ways; I can’t believe how gas can be so cheap, and I’m using so little. My hands are “lily white” and thankfully I’ve not run out of toilet paper; One thing that bothers me about wearing a surgical mask is smelling my own breath, along with a hard time smiling at people. It’s been a lonely world for some time now and I’m just waiting for the “virus captivity” to end.
I don’t mean to make light of the Coronavirus “attack” and its casualties, but it’s becoming more evident that our nation has lived through similar “epidemics” before without “closing down” the country. There’s just something about this “lockdown” that smacks of the left’s political agenda to eventually dominate and control the whole U.S. population. That being said, life needs to go on even in the midst of disease, crime, economic struggles, etc.; frankly, it’s a risk just getting out of bed and facing the pitfalls of another day. People continue to die from all sorts of conditions, with or without the “virus.” Each day is a gift from God and we must live it out accordingly, without unwarranted fear or anxiety. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (Jno.14:27) Paul, who was “cooped up” in jail awaiting execution, follows with, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and…be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer…with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. And the peacc of God that passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:4-7)
Chris is off the oxygen which is another form of “liberation.” She can move now without her walker getting entangled in the “air hose.” We have an exercise routine and spend some time on the porch. We’re trying to keep body and soul together, along with all of you. I miss teaching at the Mission, which continues to minister to a solid “remnant” of clients. The Lord has kept His protective hand on that work during this challenging time. The new property is all leveled and prepared for construction, awaiting a permit and the lifting of the “quarantine.” Gifts are still being received for interior furnishings, etc. Check www.rescuemissionMV.org
Hopefully, this “stay-at-home” edict has served to renew a love and appreciation for family. Surely it’s been a time for personal reflection, despite the competition of hi-tech “gizmos.” I would think that this partial isolation has certainly taught us something about ourselves; for who we are at home is who we really are! I trust all the “internet preaching” was used to stir many hearts, realizing that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom.5:8) The song says,” Where can we go, but to the Lord.” So we’ll meet you at the Throne room!
With our Love and Blessing to each of you,
Bill & Chris