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What is Your Vision for this Virus?

In 1918, an unprecedented flu pandemic afflicted over 25% of the U.S. population. The death toll ranged somewhere between 20 and 40 million people (more deaths than in World War I). Hopefully, with prudent precautions and medical advancements, we can avert and minimize horrific casualties amid this current threat.

Yet, as a Christian, how should I interpret what we are now facing? What should be my vision for this virus? One important conviction we must pursue is “Relational Distancing” should not be interpreted as “Relational Disconnection”.

We are indeed facing unprecedented times. As a generation, we’ve never had our work and social lives disrupted like what we are facing today. And the uncertainty of what’s ahead is huge. We’ve been exhorted to adopt a new practice – “social distancing”. It’s actually been thrust upon us with closures of some of the most socially connecting places in our society… bars and churches.

What we are facing is indeed serious. But, what is even more serious is our interpretation and response. This scenario has bred the spectrum of extreme fear to flippant dismissal of any threat. May we remember that “social distancing” does not mean “social disconnection”. These are times where we need others. Also, these are times for more personal contemplation…and certainly times when we really need each other.

Outward tribulations are God’s catalyst for

inner spiritual connection, growth and love.

Yet, no matter how this plays out, I’m reminding myself of these three important perspectives.

*While I am vulnerable, I will not fear.

“Do not be afraid of sudden panic…” Prov. 3:25 (RSV)

  • *While I cannot guarantee my health, I am to act prudently.

“Sensible people foresee trouble and hide from it, but gullible people go ahead and suffer the

consequence.” Prov. 22:3 (GW)

  • *While there will be tragic pain and loss, I will look for ways to express care and compassion. “So imitate God and be truly compassionate, the way your Father is.” Luke 6:35 (Voice)

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson