What a week it’s been! Last Thursday, I came down with a dry cough, sore throat, nausea, and a fever over 100 F. I thought it was probably the flu. The fever went away yesterday, but I’m still feeling pretty rotten. And then, over the weekend, everything went a little crazy! What started out as, “I think I have the flu,” turned into, “the health department isn’t testing people unless they’re really sick, but I have the symptoms of COVID, so I’m in quarantine.” I still think I have the flu, but who knows? There’s a lot of uncertainty in my life right now, and it’s all more than a little disconcerting.
We’ve all been hit with uncertainty over the last week, and many of us feel like we are floundering around, not really knowing what we’re supposed to be doing or what’s next. What if we run out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer? What if we go on total lockdown? What’s going to happen to our relatives and elderly friends? How do we teach our kids? What if we get sick? What’s going to happen with our jobs?
I don’t have the answers to any of these questions (however, if you run out of toilet paper, I can loan you a roll. I’ll put it on the no-contact table on my porch. Being in quarantine is weird.) However, I do know that God knows about all our fears and all our troubles and He – and only He – is in control of our tomorrows. I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow – he delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians, he has heaped lovingkindness on His people throughout history, and He has brought His people through much scarier diseases than this. I know that God does not desire for us to suffer, and that sickness is not His invention. I know that in times of uncertainty, I can ask Him for peace of mind.
I know that I have a church that will do whatever it can to be there for me (and also for you). The pastors, staff, and leaders of Vineyard Marysville have spent this past week brainstorming ideas for outreach and congregational care and we’ll be publishing plans and suggestions as soon as they are solidified. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for information as it is available. Even in the midst of difficult obstacles, may we be a church that loves one another (1 Thes. 3:12), carries each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), watches out for one another (Hebrews 10:24), and builds each other up (1 Thes. 5:11).
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Erin Wallace or Conrad and Vicki Esh through the church directory if you find yourself in need of assistance, need encouragement, or are just feeling lonely. Let us be the church that cares for one another, just as Christ cares for us.
Suggested Prayer for Peace: Lord, please build within me a spirit of peace. Help me to trust that you will supply my needs, keep me safe, and watch over those that I care about. I ask, Lord, that you help me to maintain calm, to be kind to those in my household, and I pray against an anxiety, depression, or addictive behaviors that might arise as the result of social distancing. If I am single, I ask that you help me to remain connected to those that I care about. You are great, God, and I thank you for the many blessings that you have sent to me, even in the midst of uncertain times. Please help me to find joy in the small things around me, and help me to maintain a spirit of praise and worship of you. In your name we pray, Amen.
Administrative Assistant Vineyard Marysville