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March 11 Post

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“You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’” Psalm 91:1-2

Fear paralyzes us, the unknown growing larger in imagination by the day. As much as we dislike experiencing fear, it energizes us to avoid dangerous situations that threaten our health, safety or well-being. Nobody expects to find a saber-toothed tiger perched on top of the garage when we walk out the drive for the morning paper. Yet most golfers in Florida scan the water’s edge for alligators when their ball drops too close to the lakeshore.

It isn’t so much what we can see that scares us. It’s what lies hidden from sight. We worry about the economy tanking and potential loss of provision. We wonder whether our immune systems will hold at bay the viruses, both ancient and new that make headline news.

When I was a child, a polio outbreak in the mid-west town where I was born terrified young parents who desperately wanted to keep their children safe. Eventually people figured out how the disease was transmitted, the Salk Vaccine became widely available, and life returned to normal.

Now that we’re once again faced with a new health threat, we’re taking necessary precautions. We’re now bowing respectfully during the passing of the peace instead of shaking hands. We’re touching one another on the shoulder, or locking forearms, or issuing playful fist-bumps as we greet one another or say good-bye. We carry hand sanitizers and have parked bottles of the stuff at every exit, and soon will be spraying a layer of disinfectant mist that locks bacteria and keeps it from transferring to our hands upon contact.

We will still come to church, unless we’re auto-immune compromised, in which case we’ll participate in worship through live-streaming on-line through our church website. Either way, we’ll worship together, because fear or no fear, we know who we are and we know to whom we belong as God’s beloved own. We need God’s word of hope and the compassionate embrace of one another now more than ever. So, wash your hands and say your prayers and remember: “God is indeed our refuge and our trust.”

Prayer: Thank you God for the precious gift of life, and every day we are granted to live it. Surround us with care, lead us in light, and help us to rise up unafraid. May we trust you wholly, the source of all our days. Amen

What would make you to feel safe in such a time as this?

God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you,

Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland
Interim Senior Minister
The Community Church of Vero Beach

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