From the Pastor…

You don’t need another column on how to deal with the impact of Coronavirus on your life. From pundits to politicians, pastors to physicians, psychologists to prognosticators, you have gotten every conceivable bit of advice about what to do to maintain your sanity, your health, your relationships, your portfolio, and your spiritual well-being.

It might be worth noting, however, that the one voice to which we should always listen has already said all that we really need to know to get through this (whatever “this” is for you). I find myself going back to the words of a familiar hymn:

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

No one knows for certain who the author of the text to “How Firm a Foundation” was. In the first collection in which it appeared the writer is just designated as “K-”, but, if you read the text, you can easily discern that here is someone who had been through “deep waters” and “fiery trials” and had found that God’s grace was always sufficient.

Perhaps we won’t be writing hymns when we come out on the other side of our current crisis, but it is my fervent belief that we will have found that, no matter what difficulties or tragedies befell us, God was there for us and saw us through.

When Jesus was preparing to remove his physical presence from among his disciples, he sought to prepare them for the trials that they would face in society as his followers. However, even though he went into detail about how hard their lives were going to be, none of them was capable of grasping the tremendous challenges that they were going to encounter.

Though we may have some idea of the scope of global tragedy and crisis that we are facing, none of us can know what we will have to confront personally. What we can know, however, is that what Jesus told those first disciples, he says to us as well: “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

What more can he say than to you he has said?