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Daily Devotional March 23, 2020

By Steve Watkins

In the last few weeks we have been inundated with all the bad news about the COVID-19 virus. It’s the number one topic on TV, radio and probably our private conversations. Events are being cancelled, offices are closing, schools are closing, sports have been cancelled, the beaches are being closed, hospitals are restricting elective surgery, we’re being asked to stay home, on and on and on. It’s getting really easy to be depressed and scared by all the negatives that are being endlessly talked about.

But there are some positives to take from all this. Our perspectives are already changing about what we really need verses what we want. We need God. We need our churches. We need our families. We need health care workers, we need farmers to produce food, we need truckers to move the food to stores, we need store workers, we need our police to maintain order, -- you get the idea. Being grateful for what we do have is a sure way to move beyond the worry and feel the joy that our Lord wants us to feel.

Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

When we start to focus beyond ourselves it’s a lot easier to get past the ‘The sky is falling” mindset and our personal fears and inconvenience. We can start to recognize and appreciate the work that continues on to support our everyday lives. We can’t control those things that go on around us but we can control how we respond to them. Look to find positive things that you can do. Can you help another in some way? When you do good things it’s difficult to have a bad attitude. In time this disease will pass. Our character is being tested but our faith will see us through. Let’s set an example and be the best Christians we can be, trusting in our Lord for what we cannot control.

Mark 3:10, “for he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.”

PRAYER: Lord God, we humbly come to you in prayer for the sick and afflicted throughout our country and the world. We believe that your power is great. Hold them close in your healing grace. It is in Jesus name we pray. Amen

By Steve Watkins, member of New Hope Christian Church baptized in 2018.

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