2021-02-16 - What Every Single One of Us Can Do for Covid Victims
By now, most of us know someone - a family member, friend, church family member, neighbor or colleague - who has Covid. The stories of some "strangers" have touched our hearts, as well. God has put on my heart that it is our privilege to lift up these patients in a variety of situations. We have the opportunity and loving responsibility to be praying for all affected, including the following people:
- For those who are unable to see loved ones in the hospital due to necessary Covid restrictions, such as in our country where hospitals must restrict visitors to cut down on the spread of the virus - as well as in a good number of countries that have understandably restricted travel from hard-hit countries just as we did back in early 2020:
We can ask God to look out for the patients while we there is separation from families and friends, as well as providing connections to be provided via technology when possible:
May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other. (Genesis 31:49, NASB)
- For those working on the front lines and facing the virus every day in public encounters where distancing isn't possible - such as doctors, nurses, EMTs and police officers, we should thank God for their willingness to go into danger to help others, and we can pray that God rewards them for it. We also can say "thank you" when given the opportunity. John 15:13 (ESV)
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
- For those in nations with governments that are not providing even basic health care for their Covid patients. A poignant example that tears at the heart, are victims in the Socialist country of Venezeula, where some hospitals do not have even basic medical supplies, do not have any respirators, and where some hospitals do not even have running water or electricity. They need our prayers desperately.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. And this is what we should do as we pray not only for our own health and that of our loved ones - but also that the people in desperate situations such as in Venezuela, that people and groups will reach out and help them - including ourselves, if God is so leading us!
- For those who have lost loved ones to this evil virus, we can ask God to give them a sense of closeness to Himself, and comfort for their grief. As the Psalmist wrote (34:18a, NIV), The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
In addition to praying, we can safely be a blessing to people affected by emailng, texting or snail mailing them to let them know we are thinking about them and praying for them.
The bottom line is that we probably won't go wrong if we "follow the Golden Rule," as many of us were taught when we were children:
As Christ said and was recorded in Matthew 7:12 (NLT), "Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets."
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