Coronavirus Comfort

March 23, 2020 at 5:15 am 2 comments


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It’s been another tough week in our nation. I keep wondering where the peak of the coronavirus’s spread is on the one hand and where the bottom of our economy is on the other. The number of people becoming infected is increasing – exponentially. And the economy is collapsing. Goldman Sachs is forecasting a 24% decline in our GDP in the second quarter while J.P. Morgan predicts a more “modest” decline of 14%. Families are trying to stay healthy by sheltering-in-place while businesses are trying to figure out how to stay afloat. And no one seems to know quite how or when all this will end.

At times like these, the words of Martin Luther’s famed hymn seem especially poignant:

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.

This moment in our history is certainly filled with “mortal ills.” And yet, God is stronger than any illness. God is bigger than our own mortality.

This is why Luther concludes his hymn:

Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Even if coronavirus can quarantine a society, it cannot quell God’s presence. And even if coronavirus kills a body, it cannot conquer God’s kingdom. His kingdom is forever. Coronavirus is not.

Let’s try to remember that during these long days.

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  • 1. Lonnie Howard  |  March 24, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Dear Pastor Zach, God bless all of you Pastor’s during these troubled times. If we can’t take Communion right now, what do.we do? What prayers or scripture do.you suggest? Can Elders do Communion with what you bless? I’m not trying to be unbiblical. If so, please forgive. Thank you, Lonnie Howard

    On Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 5:17 AM Pastor Zach’s Blog wrote:

    > Pastor Zach posted: ” It’s been another tough week in our nation. I keep > wondering where the peak of the coronavirus’s spread is on the one hand and > where the bottom of our economy is on the other. The number of people > becoming infected is increasing – exponentially. And the” >

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    • 2. Pastor Zach  |  March 24, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Lonnie. We are working on that! Look for a note from Pastor Tucker soon on how we’ll be offering Communion!

      Reply

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