Thursday, March 26, 2020


COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease.  We see the number of positive tests rising every day, along with, sadly, the number of deaths.  The world is full of sick people, dying people.  They need our prayers.  Those who are at risk of catching the disease, which, let’s face it, is everybody, need our prayers.  This disease is changing the world.

And not only that, but…

Fear is highly contagious.  We see people all around us, every day, being paralyzed by fear.  We see them acting in ways they wouldn’t normally act and saying things they wouldn’t normally say.  The world is full of scared, helpless-feeling people.  They need our prayers.  Those who have no reason not to fear, they need our prayers.  Fear is changing the world.

BUT…

Faith is highly contagious.  When we see people around us at peace because of their faith, we are set at ease.  When people see us at peace because of our faith, they are set at ease.  When people see that even in trials like the one we all face today – be it a highly contagious disease, or a worldwide spirit of fear – that there is more going on; something greater than the trial, Someone stronger than the trial, they find courage and strength to face it with confidence.

The world is full of physically sick, dying people – they need faith.  The world is full of spiritually sick, dying people – they need faith.  Those who need comfort and strength, which, let’s face it, is everybody, need faith.  Faith can change the world.

So let’s spread our faith in this time of trial.  Pray for others.  Pray with others.  Have no fear.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

The prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:15)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18)