That verse lies at the center of Liberty’s Memorial Prayer Labyrinth, and I believe at the heart of our current crisis. I am, by nature, a “fixer.” I want to fix every problem I run across—and get frustrated at the ones that far exceed my ability to fix! Right now, Coronavirus is one of the big ones that I can’t fix. So I come back to “be still” which sounds to me like, “Pause, breathe in and out/deeply, pray, and know that I, the Lord your God, am right beside you.” I found a reflection on this passage from the Rev. Lewis Galloway had helped me in this time, that I want to share with you:
Even when it may feel like the certainties of life are melting away and the very ground upon which we stand is shaken, we discover something that we may have taken for granted or perhaps never known. In spite of all my resistance, I find those words strangely calming. God is in our midst like a mountain stream watering the dry land or like a powerful wind greater than all the forces and dangers that would destroy life. God is in our midst. Come what may, we shall not be moved.
I look around and see God in the courage of parents who nurture faith and teach selflessness and compassion to children at home; I see God in those who make phone calls to the homebound and deliver food to the hungry; I see God in those who make music through social media and on apartment balconies; I see God in health care workers and public servants who risk their own lives to save the lives of others; I see God in those who reconcile with old enemies; I see God in those who pray and in those who join in virtual worship….”
I know that we will all be changed by this time of coronavirus. And maybe part of that change will be that we can heed God’s call to be still and rest in the promise that He is always with us.
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