April 27, 2020 Back to Basics…. Faith in Times of Pandemic
Although “the curve” at one time may have flattened, it now seems to have also lengthened in recent data. Predictions of various natures re the virus now have it running through the summer or even fall; even epidemiologists who were once hopeful for an early end now seem to think this virus will be part of our lives for many months… and could mutate in unknown ways.
So it is easy to be discouraged; easy to wonder or even cry out, “Why, God?” Of course it’s a valid cry, but we sometimes forget that challenges have always been part of this life. One essential teaching, I believe, common to all religions, is that “the believing person lives by his(her) faith.” If we have this basic orientation, then, even in hardship and in challenge, we can still have direction in life.
A basic source of faith is the Biblical Psalms. Everyone can have his or her favorite(s). Resonating to one more than others doesn’t mean liking a different one less. I think that my favorite is Psalm 121. You can have your own… But I invite you to take a moment to read it, and hopefully be strengthened, at least a little, for a while.
By the way, there can be many different translations of Psalms or any part of Scriptures… generally they do not change the meaning from the original Hebrew. Below is the ESV translation.
I invite you to share your favorite Psalm with me, and I will try to use it in future sharings.
Chaplain Gary Atkins
Psalm 121 My Help Comes from the Lord
A Song of Ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil;
He will keep your life.
8 The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.