The reading for today is Psalm 112: 1-9, NLT.
1 Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. 5 All goes well for those who are generous, who lend freely and conduct their business fairly. 6 Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. 7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. 8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. 9 They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.
The news had not been wonderful as we witnessed our world shutting down around us. It got to the point that I hated to turn the TV on and listen to the fear and negativity surrounding the pandemic situation. I have always been one to view the glass half full, not empty. I am surrounded every day by wonderful caregivers from different walks of life who risk their health to walk into homes caring for elderly patients, our most vulnerable population. Some are frightened, some volunteer to care for patients with Covid, and most are extremely compassionate and brave. It is their mission in life. As leaders in the organization we guide them with encouragement, knowledge, and the tools they need to perform their jobs. I have observed my hospice team share a prayer. One of our Directors starts each meeting with prayer. I am so very proud of our health care heroes.
I urge you to read this entire Psalm. It reminds us of the advantages we have when we place our faith in God. I found it to be uplifting as we are reminded to love and respect our Lord. And you may start noticing the good news that surrounds the pandemic. I love the quote from Tim Russert, “The best exercise for the human heart is reaching down to lift someone up.”
Heavenly Father help us to lean into You during these uncertain times. Nudge our hearts to turn toward others that we may be the hand and help they need.
Ann Byrum Groomes firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For those suffering from this pandemic, physically and mentally, that they place their faith in Jesus.