Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Day Four

This is now the fourth day of my disrupted life. Sunday went along pretty much as planned. With schools closing and our congregation’s decision to suspend in-person worship services, Monday was a new day. I’m still getting used to this.

What I am not getting used to is how we are so very divided as a nation. I still hear of people who think COVID-19 isn’t a big deal and we don’t need to make any real adjustments in our daily lives; they see this whole thing as over-blown. More people seem to have a deep feeling of panic – as witnessed by the “run” on toilet paper in our nation’s stores.

Somewhere between hoarding paper products and hugging strangers is a sensible and appropriate response. I also believe that it is possible to be both cautious and trust in God’s promises. We know God has this under control, yet it is important for us to make the appropriate adjustments and plan for an uncertain future.

What has been helpful to me and I pray is helpful to you is the words of St. Paul: “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) In the best of times, we live with an uncertain future. We do our best to make plans for the future and something unexpected happens. Then we make new plans. Even when our plans are frustrated and our expectations are disappointed, we trust God is with us, God is for us, and His love for us is certain.

Your faith is for a time such as this. We trust God to bring us through our current situation even though we don’t see the way. We believe God is good even when times are bad.

To the members of Mount Calvary: know that I am praying for you and want to do what I can to remind you of what you already know: God’s got this!

In Christ,

Pastor Dan Czaplewski

PS – One of the best reactions to this crisis has come from President Matthew Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. His statement is HERE.

Posted on 03/18/2020 7:44 PM by Pastor Daniel P. Czaplewski
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