Right now, thousands of people and families are torn asunder, their realities set ablaze at the hands of the coronavirus, and at the end of the eviction ban. Although my family and I are not struggling with paying rent. Illness and unemployment has plagued our steps. In March we experienced a family death due to COVID-19 and as the second wave begins to spike, cases increase, and people are testing positive, our quickest reactions are always despair.
Recently, my younger brother tested positive for COVID 19. My grandmother is in the hospital experiencing heart problems due to the virus. I also see the ongoing debate about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine and the academic struggle the science community is having, because we have a “president” continually dismissing intellectual facts and research.
Therefore, my social media timeline permits me brief glimpses into the anxiety filled lives of people facing adversity and looking hopelessly into the future.
Well, my friends, my heart grieves with you.
Beloved, I empathize with your pain. Know I have been on my knees restlessly praying to God for healing and financial recovery across the nation of the downtrodden. As Christians we are to grieve, demonstrate swift and steady kindness, the same compassion Jesus showed to the widowed mother mourning the death of her son, to the believers and unbelievers of the world.
So, I extend my hand out to the brokenhearted, asking God that my prayers reach impassioned hearts tempted to turn bitter and swollen cheeks wondering how Lord are you going to move on and why did this adversity strike me? Why am’ I suffering, while the wicked prosper? I do not have the answers but I do know Job, the righteous man suffered abundantly, after God gave Satan permission.
During Job’s turmoil He cries out: “Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest! Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.” (Job 16:18-21)
Those of us who lost loved ones during this pandemic, or suffered from police brutality, or losing homes and income, do not hide your pain or turmoil. Cry out and mourn, so we as believers can mourn with you in spirit. I will pray in power and truth for the God of Comfort to be at your side. I will pray our love manifests through action and that Christ Jesus our intercessor, our witness will faithfully console and meet your needs in this darkened season.
“Dear Gracious Lord and Heavenly Father:
You are the Sovereign Lord. The Most High God sitting on the throne of heaven overseeing all things. What afflictions are troubling us and shakening our world did not surprise you. In the palm of your hands we rest and now we ask Lord for your compassion and mercy to touch and overwhelm the lives of those affected by the coronavirus. God you have not despised or scorned our suffering, let this pain draw us closer to Your presence. Our hearts and strength have melted but You God are all powerful and mighty. Please let Your strength and aid come quickly to those fighting against COVID-19 and all essential and healthcare workers. In heart, breathe life and strength into the bodies desiring recovery. Out of the wellspring, of your heavens meet the needs of those suffering from this financial drought.
In Jesus’ name Amen.”
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