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Changes are all around.
I don't know about you, but I can see lots of good that has come out of the quarantine & slowdown: Less commuting, frantic schedules, lost sleep, "not enough time," and so on. And, we have truly seen the good in so many people: The heroes who have worked to save lives on the front lines and the behind-the-scene heroes who keep the country going: The farmers farming, the packers packing, the truckers trucking, & the feeders feeding: Stocking those grocery shelves (with the exception of that all-enigmatic toilet paper!)
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But, along with the good, has come the not-so-good.
While we're all trying to physically distance with the intent to protect the vulnerable, the economy and small commerce has clearly suffered devastating effects. I have worked part-time in a small office for twenty-five years but that came to a screeching halt this week. Thirty days of no activity, no business, & no income has forced the owner to begin layoffs in an effort to save his small company. (He didn't receive one of those PPP loans/grants.) These are times tough for everyone.
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Times like this make or break us.
I'm grateful for my faith to get me through such difficulties in life. Niccie, my friend, you have enlightened me through your efforts to lead folks in establishing the daily habit of Bible study, focusing on the book of Proverbs this month, complete with your marvelous insights and explanations! Proverbs is a great monthly read because there are thirty-one chapters so, one chapter/day is easily applied to the monthly format. Reading the Bible helps us quiet ourselves long enough to experience God's inspiration, in spite of our "noisy" routines. I reflected on the last verse in yesterday's reading, Proverbs 21:31, "The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is in the Lord."
This passage reminds me that we can try to prepare for battle, but when we finally triumph, we shouldn't boast in our own accomplishment. It is the Lord who has provided safety in the victory.
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We continue to battle a deadly virus.
So, when we succeed against this current enemy, we must remember to thank the Lord, who has led us to the desired recovery. Why then, do bad things happen to good people? Ah: The age-old question. I don't know that I can answer satisfactorily, especially for those who have lost a loved one. I do know God loves us & watches over us until our time is up. The Heaven Heals book explains the everlasting promises God has for us, both temporally and eternally, so we can find comfort & security in a wonderful, but dangerous, world until He calls us home. The perspective of safety lies in the assurance that we are in God's "radar." He loves us, knows us, and has a plan for us to return, with our loved ones, to him forever -- to his Everlasting Joy & Peace, whenever that time is suppose to be.
I hope God's message of love resonates.
It is that time of year to please cast a ballot for Heaven Heals, in the Favorite Religious Non-Fiction book category. If you find the Heaven Heals point that "God loves everyone" significant, I would surely appreciate a brief moment of your time to vote for it.
Heaven Heals (By Understanding Abraham's Covenant) is in the 11th category, Favorite Religious Non-Fiction book.
Thank you so much for your support.
May God be with you, as times inevitably change, & best always, in your journey of success.