A time of prayer and reflection 

Published 6:10 pm Friday, April 17, 2020

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By Sheila McLellan

While we are following the CDC and the WHO guidelines to practice physical social distancing, diligence in hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, and since the pace has slowed down for many of us as we are not frequenting places such as churches, jobs, theaters, stadiums and restaurants, let us use this slower pace as a time of prayer and reflection.

Let us pray that God takes away COVID-19. Let us pray for everyone near and far; remembering those on the front lines who are risking their lives for us every day. Let us offer prayers for those who are tasked with making difficult decisions.

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As God’s children, may we reflect on scriptures from the Holy Bible such as Psalm 46 and Psalm 91 that promise God’s protection for His children in their time of despair. In reflecting, let us also consider communicating (electronically) more often with loved ones who do not live with us and who may feel lonely at this time.

If we have not received Christ in our hearts, we may do so according to Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Even when the pandemic ends (I believe that it will), let us not forget God. May we continue to offer up prayers to God and to have moments of reflection on His goodness and His mercy.

Minister Sheila Caine McLellan is a Suffolk resident. Email her at rylsrvnt@yahoo.com.