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Do Not Be Afraid

We have been quarantined now long enough for me to not remember exactly when it began. I’ve noticed some discomfort and that many are even disturbed or mightily fearful. I do remember the gospel stories about storms on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples actually feared for their lives. One of them even walked on water for a few steps. Jesus’ advice was an often-quoted command “Do not be afraid”.

Well if we’re not supposed to be afraid, what are we to do? When my superstar wife Grace was diagnosed with cancer, we were afraid. Brian Myers gave her(us) a framed copy of a paraphrase of Romans 8:28. It says, “The Lord may not have planned that this should overtake me, but He has most certainly permitted it. Therefore, though it were an attack of an enemy, by the time it reaches me it has The Lord’s permission and therefore all is well. He will make it work together with all life’s experiences for good.”

Hebrews 12:5 quotes Proverbs 3:11-12, “My son, think of the Lord’s training as important. Do not lose hope when he corrects you. The Lord trains the one he loves. He corrects everyone he accepts as his son.”

So, now as this time continues, I am concentrating on trying to learn the lessons our God is placing in my path.

Lord grant me discernment and wisdom to learn from this experience. Perhaps if I just learn to live life fully in all circumstances that would be enough for now. However, I believe the Lord’s gifts are boundless and never ending. Amen!

Frank Butler, elder