The scripture for today is Revelation 2:8-11, NIV
"To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty--- yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not but are a Synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you; the devil will put some of you in prison to test you; and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the Crown of Life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.”
STILL, we are living in fear of the Covid-19 virus. At first, I too was fearful, especially as I saw people at the nursing home where I work die from the virus. I try to remember that God did NOT want us to live in fear. He is a God of love; the devil is the fear master. He loves that we are fearful because that is when he can use us best.
As I have said before, I take the 45+ minutes I drive to work to pray and meditate on the songs I listen to on KJOY 99.1 FM. My favorites right now are "Shattered," "Peace Be Still," "The Truth I'm Standing On," and "My Father's House".
“Shattered” --- she has been taken to the lowest of lows, but Jesus takes her pieces on the floor and puts them back together, better than they were before.
“Peace Be Still” --- she too is living in fear even though she knows that she shouldn't, yet she feels God's peace surrounding her.
“The Truth I'm Standing On” --- again another song about bad things that happen but she chooses to trust the Truth from God. We don't have to go through all of this without God and His strength.
“My Father's House” --- speaks about the bad things that aren't there and the marvelous, wonderful, fantastic things that are there.
When I was young, I experienced some very bad things, abuse and my mother trying to kill all of her children. She was sick, she didn't mean what she did. Still I questioned God as to why it happened.
I really identify with SHATTERED. In the song, Blanca says that we never know God's plan for us, but it is always for the better. God made me a nurse even before I knew that is what I should be. My father said I always brought home stray injured animals and later people. Because of my childhood I became strong and compassionate. It has been needed in the last few months to watch people I care about die to Covid 19. But, all of my life, God has strengthened me to be where I am.
Don't live in fear. Do as you should, be careful and ALWAYS remember---GOD IS IN CONTROL.
Lord, we thank you for the rough times in our lives that prepare us to rise to the occasion. Amen
Frances Torgerson firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: people still getting Covid 19---staying closed down. It IS the best defense.
Alternate verses: Psalm 6 Jeremiah 26:1-12