[PC-USA] 2020-03-12 - Coronavirus Devotional

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This will not be a medical treatise. I am not a medical expert; that isn't my forte. But there are so much anxiety and panic about the Coronavirus, that I have prayed that CF Devotionals might be a force for good in this situation. I have been considering what the Bible might have to say to us about situations like the Coronavirus, and several things have come to my mind.

This will not be a medical treatise. I am not a medical expert; that isn't my forte. But there are so much anxiety and panic about the Coronavirus, that I have prayed that CF Devotionals might be a force for good in this situation. I have been considering what the Bible might have to say to us about situations like the Coronavirus, and several things have come to my mind.


  1. Each one of us can and should be praying for: -People who are ill with the virus -People who are treating those with the virus -Leaders in all branches of both national and local governments, those who are making decisions about how to deal with the situation -Medical professionals working on the eradication and prevention of the virus -Reporters to be calmer and treat this as they have other illnesses, not inciting anxiety -Peace and calm among the anxieties As Paul wrote to Timonty (1 Timothy 2:1 NASB) and applies to all of us, "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."
  2. We are to be considerate of others. As Paul wrote to the Philippians, but also for our benefit:
    Philippians 2:4 (NIV)) "… not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."

    Some Suggestions:

    -If we suspect that we have ANYTHING contagious, we should think about others, and try to stay home until we are not contagious.
    -In addition, we can be more mindful while we are AT church or other public gatherings. Some churches are suspending all personal contact such as "fellowship moments" that include hugs and handshaking. One inventive church is instead using the 60s "peace signs" instead. We must be especially considerate for the sake of the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. We have always tried to be aware of this, but I admit that since our "year of GBS," Richard and I have been even more alert to these situations.

  3. We can ask God to help us and others to not panic, but rather to focus on facts. -Fact 1:, God is in ultimate control.
    -Fact 2: Since this is a new illness, there are things we do not know yet and may not know for awhile, but we do know that the majority of those who are hit the worst are the very same group that are also most susceptible to flu and most other illnesses - the 80+ year-old patients. Every single life is precious to the Lord and should be to us - from unborn babies to centenarians. But this is the norm, not the exception. "Nothing new here."
    -Fact 3: We need to try to keep things in perspective, because sometimes, logic and facts can be tools that will overcome anxiety. At this time, there are approximately 1000 Corona patients in the United States - that is only 1000 out of 330,000,000 people. If you do that math, that comes out to .00003. In other words, only three millionths of one percent of people in the US are infected.Per the CDC, over 600,000 in the US die from heart disease annually, and over 20,000 people died last year from the flu. But because each flu case or heart disease case aren't breathlessly reported, as far as I am aware, no one has panicked over either. And during my entire lifetime, I cannot remember there ever being a panic like this over a flu outbreak or anything else (I was born after the polio epidemics.).

  4. It is much easier to say than to do, but we need to try to release all anxieties to God. May we all pray that God will help us to do this, whether we are anxious about this or any other issue: 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

  1. Each one of us can and should be praying for: -People who are ill with the virus
    -People who are treating those with the virus
    -Leaders in all branches of both national and local governments, those who are making decisions about how to deal with the situation
    -Medical professionals working on the eradication and prevention of the virus
    -Reporters to be calmer and treat this as they have other illnesses, not inciting anxiety
    -Peace and calm among the anxieties
    As Paul wrote to Timonty (1 Timothy 2:1 NASB) and applies to all of us, "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."
  2. We are to be considerate of others.
    As Paul wrote to the Philippians, but also for our benefit:
    Philippians 2:4 (NIV)) "… not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."

    Some Suggestions:

    -If we suspect that we have ANYTHING contagious, we should think about others, and try to stay home until we are not contagious.
    -In addition, we can be more mindful while we are AT church or other public gatherings. Some churches are suspending all personal contact such as "fellowship moments" that include hugs and handshaking. One inventive church is instead using the 60s "peace signs" instead. We must be especially considerate for the sake of the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. We have always tried to be aware of this, but I admit that since our "year of GBS," Richard and I have been even more alert to these situations.

  3. We can ask God to help us and others to not panic, but rather to focus on facts.
    -Fact 1:, God is in ultimate control.
    -Fact 2: Since this is a new illness, there are things we do not know yet and may not know for awhile, but we do know that the majority of those who are hit the worst are the very same group that are also most susceptible to flu and most other illnesses - the 80+ year-old patients. Every single life is precious to the Lord and should be to us - from unborn babies to centenarians. But this is the norm, not the exception. "Nothing new here."
    -Fact 3: We need to try to keep things in perspective, because sometimes, logic and facts can be tools that will overcome anxiety. At this time, there are approximately 1000 Corona patients in the United States - that is only 1000 out of 330,000,000 people. If you do that math, that comes out to .00003. In other words, only three millionths of one percent of people in the US are infected.Per the CDC, over 600,000 in the US die from heart disease annually, and over 20,000 people died last year from the flu. But because each flu case or heart disease case aren't breathlessly reported, as far as I am aware, no one has panicked over either. And during my entire lifetime, I cannot remember there ever being a panic like this over a flu outbreak or anything else (I was born after the polio epidemics.).

  4. It is much easier to say than to do, but we need to try to release all anxieties to God. May we all pray that God will help us to do this, whether we are anxious about this or any other issue:
    1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.


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