Dear friends in Christ, May 2020
One of the phrases that I first learned in English was “We are all in the same boat.” The current situation reminds me of this phrase. All people in the world are in the same situation regarding the fight against Corona-19 virus. It is not just one country’s problem, but a problem for all humanity regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, and age. Everyone is suffering together in fear and we are in desperate need of a new vaccine. We earnestly pray for God’s help! I believe the real cure is more than just a vaccine because another virus may come at another time. We must consider others in our efforts to find a cure for all people in the world as we are all connected as one unit or body. I sincerely hope that people embrace the differences, break down the boundaries, and make a bridge between the gap. I believe the true solution is in the grace of God, in Christ Jesus, because God loves us all. For this reason God sent Christ Jesus into the world. When he visited the house of Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, Peter testified in Acts 10, “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” Like other believers in Jerusalem, Peter thought the gospel had been given only to the Jews, but the Lord compelled him to preach to the gentiles. The Apostle Paul also confesses on the love of God in Galatians 3:28,
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
I believe it is a time for all to cooperate with an open mind and humble spirit. I am convinced that God has called us for this reason today and in this situation. Let us lift up our eyes and feel the heart of God who loves us all! Let us commit ourselves to bind everyone together and to heal the pain and fear of many, so the world may find a brighter future. Dear friends, can you feel the presence of God in the midst of darkness and uncertainty? God who is merciful and faithful is giving us a message of hope and love through Prophet Isaiah in Chapter 43:“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior”.
May the Lord’s peace and grace be with you today and always! Amen