|Published on Sat, Apr 25, 2020 2:45 PM|
Meditation for 27 April 2020 by Jeanne Ederer
“Resist the devil, standing firm in the faith, because you know your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.” --1 Peter 5:9
This letter is written to strengthen and encourage Christians during a time of suffering. They are encouraged to stand firm, to stay alert and watchful and to cast all their anxieties on God because God loves them. They are reminded that they are not alone; their brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.
This letter speaks to us today because we know the whole world is undergoing the sufferings of the COVID 19 pandemic. It is encouraging to know we are not alone. We are deeply connected to each other. Our choices affect others. It is in community that we grow in faith, courage, and serving each other in love.
Hardship and suffering can open our hearts to compassion and generosity. We are inspired by the people we see and read about who are using their skills and resources to alleviate the suffering of others. Their generosity and compassion encourage us to do our part, even if our part is just staying in place so we lessen the curve of the virus.
I could never imagine a time when the whole world would pause and churches and schools would be closed. None of us know what will happen, but we do know that we are not alone. God is with us when we pray, share our joys and sorrows, nurture and support each other. I take comfort in these words from 1 Peter 5:10: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. “
Exodus 18:13-27 Psalm 25 1 Peter 5:1-14 Matthew 1:1-17; 3:1-16