Focus on positive. I have been a wreck all week with a stiff upper lip and an outward appearance of bravery and logic. Inside I have been a mom, wife, mother, sister and friend that is very concerned, and not able to protect the ones I am used to protecting. I feel powerless. I have several very very close to me out there, flight for life emt, telecommunications field, cancer patients, elderly, respiratory issue relatives, sick with unknown viruses, just the list goes on and on. My loved ones close to me are required to deal with people face to face. Some not being given the equipment to stay safe. Not because people want to be a jerk at their employment, but the lack of equipment to be found. I can say I feel somewhat what my mother and grandparents felt- different scale obviously- but when my dad was a medic in the Vietnam war. All I can do is sit, watch, pray and believe they will be ok. I know the reality of what is going on. Both the publicized and unpublished facts of everything. There is too much unknown all we can do is support one another, be safe and RESPONSIBLE to each other. I am not in fear I will die or anything. I am concerned for those who are required to deal face to face with people. My prayers are with ALL out there. This is just beyond what anyone could ever fathom dreaming up. And feels like a groundhogs day confusing, not logical nightmare we are living every day. So strange. It doesn't make sense. But I must have faith and believe things will be ok and get back to normal. And although we will have victims and casualties, God has a plan. I will look to the positive to get me through my overwhelming concern for my loved ones and others in this world as things continue to get crazier. I do devotion twice each day and pray alot. This was a fitting one for today and I thought I would share in hopes to give others some type of comfort. Because we will get through this. I live in Wisconsin USA.
Romans 15:4 KJV
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
The Word of God is essentially a guide for believers. In addition to providing Christians the truths about our Creator and our Savior, the Bible also teaches us and gives us hope. We can learn from the experiences of those in God's Word, so that we see how they overcome and how God rescued them. We can learn from their mistakes. When we reflect on all the Bible tells us, we are comforted in our own trials and have hope.
Dear God, thank you for giving us your word. When I struggle, help me to read your word to discern Your truths. When I am unsure what to do, help me to use Your Word as guide. Make me teachable through your word, O Lord. May I be comforted by your word and be filled with understanding and hope about your goodness. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Now, I am aware the world has many different beliefs. And not everyone believes how I believe. But I know many do believe how I believe. I ask everyone, no matter what your beliefs are, respect everyone's beliefs. Let us be kind, helping and understanding of one another. Be responsible and caring and respectful to each other.
I send my thoughts, heart, support and prayers to everyone. This too shall pass...we don't know when, but it will. I thank everyone who has anyone that deals face to face during this. It is concerning. And I admire the commitment and dedication those have to the public. I thank all families who support those people, I first hand know it can be hard. And I thank all that are being respectful and responsible at this time when the world really needs us to rely on each other to do so.
My mind is just boggled as I am sure so many of yours are too.
Take care and enjoy the rare time you may have gotten with each other. It is many ways a gift. Let's practice being positive.