by Ruthann Kerley
If ever there was a moment for us to shine, it is now. I ventured out earlier today, after several days of strictly at home with two very busy boys. I needed a moment to breathe, and just to even process what this time has meant.
I cautiously walked through Target, trying my best not to get too close to anyone around me, while at the same time not wanting to buy into the panic that is so prevalent.
I thanked the two Target workers that passed me, and they graciously smiled. I saw a nurse from Ocala Health in the parking lot, and I thanked her for all that she is doing. “We are awaiting the tsunami,” she said with exhaustion in her voice. “And I work with respiratory patients.” I turned to her and said, “Well in that case, I pay extra grace over you, and protection over YOUR health” She thanked me so much and said, “I believe in that force (of prayer) more than anything.”
You see, dear family, now is the time to pray like never before. Hearts are open and people are searching for peace. This is not the easiest season, but Jesus didn’t promise easy – he promised that we would overcome.
So pray. Pray strong and bold prayers. Say thank you and appreciate those on the frontline of this battle.
If you get discouraged or overwhelmed, ask God to show you someone you can pray for or call with an encouraging word.
Love on your family and friends. Wave and smile at your neighbors, even if they don’t wave or smile back. “Be cheerful no matter what; Pray all the time; Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 MSG