Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost, Director of Religious Life, Lakeside Chautauqua
The Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity. The crisis in which we find ourselves has definite elements of danger. The chance of contacting the coronavirus is real and concerning for all of us. The economic impact of the shutdown of services, limitations on travel, and possible shortage of essential provisions is unprecedented and may harm the well-being of all of us. We are in a world crisis. The dangers are very real.
However, the present crisis also presents us with opportunity. The tenets of our faith remind us that God will never leave us nor forsake us. Amidst cancellations and change of plans, God’s love has not been cancelled. As people of faith, disruption of the life to which we have been accustomed brings us new opportunities to discover our common humanity, and to help one another in our hour of need. A simple phone call may make someone’s day. The offer of a small gesture of help, even from a stranger, may make a difference in that person’s life far beyond anything we can foresee.
Over 3,000 years ago, the Psalmist reassured his anxious nation with these words: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear.” (Psalm 46:1-2) Take these words to heart, and to reach out to others in faith and hope and love.
Prayer: O God, in these challenging times, help us to remember that you are always with us, always by our side. Give us courage to face each day unafraid and enable us to share your love and compassion with everyone we meet. Amen.