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How Are You Doing? by Terry Cowan
How are you weathering the Covid-19 Storm? This is
Terry Cowan with some thoughts about the stormy days in which we find
ourselves. Here are several helpful things I've heard recently.
Dave Ramsey says "No one makes good decisions when
they are panicked." That's true so don't make any financial decisions
now that you might later regret....like dumping declining investments
which otherwise would be just fine or making major purchases or panic
buying of groceries and supplies.
My friend Mike Silva says: "When things happen and
you don't know why simply lean into what you know...not what you don't
know." In other words, of what can you be certain? At some time in our
life most of us have had some kind of adversity...sickness or financial
disaster and survived.
In Matthew six Jesus said: "Look at the birds of the
air, they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And
who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: "For this reason I
also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have
believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have
entrusted to Him until that day." And Job, who was one of the richest
men of his day lost his possessions and his health and when told by his
wife to curse God and die replied: "Shall we indeed accept good from God
and not accept adversity?"
Be Still My Soul written by Katharina von Schlegel in
the 1700s is an old hymn that probably most of you have never heard.
Translated from German the words are:
"Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side. Bear
patiently the cross of grief and pain;
leave to your God to order and provide; in every
change God faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly
friend---through thorny ways leads to a joyful end."
In this time of uncertainty with shortage of goods
and services let us reflect upon the prayer Jesus taught his disciples.
Pray aloud with me.
"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us
this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive
those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, for ever and ever. Amen."
I'm Terry Cowan. Together, with God's help we will
get through this crisis.
The coronavirus has created a nightmare and bizarre behavior by
government and citizens alike. This is Terry Cowan with a KNLR
To be sure, the Covid-19 virus is more serious than other common
sicknesses and has spread around the world. But the response to this
outbreak may have consequences more serious than the virus itself. The
response to Covid-19 could have more serious financial and political
consequences than the disease. In other words the cure may be more worse
than the sickness. Only time will tell.
It is wise and prudent to practice good health and hygiene, and to
maintain ample food and household items for any emergency. But there is
no need for panic buying, causing runs on groceries and supplies.
There is a tendency for politicians to use a crises for political
advantage. And for citizenry to blame the president or congress for lack
of action or over re-action. This is not helpful. Ultimately, the
confidence and encouragement we need are not going to come from
Washington DC or Salem.
As believers we say that "God is in control." It is easy to say that
when the coronavirus outbreak is limited to China, Japan or Italy. But
when it hits Central Oregon, our neighborhood or our family do we really
believe it? Or are we functional deists, believing that God has nothing
to do with Covid-19?
The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) states:
"God from all
eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely
and immutably ordain whatsoever comes to pass." He ordained the life of
Joseph...and the life, death and resurrection of his own Son, Jesus
Christ. God sent Joseph to save the Egyptians and his family from
starvation. He sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world to save us from
our sins. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting
life." John 3:16.
No amount of toilet paper or food or bottled water stored in closet
is going to stop the coronavirus. And while we should do everything
possible to save people's lives, we should remember that if we don't die
from the coronavirus, something else will eventually take us out of this
world. It is not how we die, but how we live, that matters.
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