And so it continues. Our lives have become uncertain and it seems like our normal highways have become clustered with rocks of burdens and mountains of obstacles.
Here in my home state, our area is still under lock-down from the covid-19 pandemic.
When it comes to actual covid-19 cases, our county has had a low number of cases. But folks are suffering, not so much from the virus but from the effects caused by this massive shutdown – loss of jobs, financial difficulties, small businesses going under, folks with medical issues other than the virus who can’t be treated by their doctors, chiropractors, and dentists.
We had hoped for a little light at the end of the tunnel, but that didn’t happen. And we don’t know where this road is taking us eventually.
Discouragement, disappointment, despair have descended on so many during this isolating time of sheltering in place. And along with those negative emotions, anger has also sunk its nasty teeth into us.
So on this Words for Wednesday, I want to offer some hope and encouragement. But they will not come from my own words, but from the Word of God.
A blessing to you straight from God and recorded in the Old Testament for us all to read: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” ~ Numbers 6:24-26 (New King James Version)
This blessing is for you, your family, your children and their children. This blessing is given to all those who read and hear those words.
These beautiful words of blessing were put to music written by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Steven Furtick, and Chris Brown in March and the song was simply entitled, “The Blessing.”
In time for Easter, it was recorded by musicians and singers from various churches in our nearby city as a blessing over the city during this pandemic crisis. A YouTube video of that virtual choir blessed me tremendously when I viewed it.
My prayer is for these words to be sung over you no matter where you live, no matter where you may be currently sheltering in place, no matter what circumstances have befallen you.
Click here to listen to a blessing from God.
Regardless of our current trials and hardships, please know that God sees us, He hears our cries for help, and most of all, He cares for each one of us.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:38-39
Perhaps this time of hardship will draw you close to Him, to seek Him, to come to know Him and His saving grace.
Be blessed, dear readers. Be safe. Be well. Be encouraged and let hope and peace fill your hearts.
“What seems to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” ~ Oscar Wilde