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April '20

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Reflection:

I'm thinking of you today, dear friend, wondering if you might need a big dose of comfort.

Is this quarantine making you nervous, stir-crazy, or just plain fearful? Have you received startling news of a layoff or, worse, the end of your longtime career? Do you wonder if this will ever stop?

If you find yourself taking deep breaths after watching the news or hearing the latest update on COVID-19, then, like me, you're ready to pull the plug and occupy your mind with something else. Something uplifting; something that brings you much needed peace.

We know without a doubt that our heavenly Father Himself is our main source of joy, and the salvation and grace He offers are, as well. That's a given. Hundreds of God's promises are another source of comfort and hope in these crazy, troubled times.

Yes, we acknowledge these things in our heads, don't we? But do we turn to Him with our hearts in our desperation, or do we try to figure things out on our own?

During this season of dire hardship for so many, let's not forget Whose arms are open wide to us. He is absolutely our adoring, caring and comforting heavenly Father. And never will He turn His back on us, even in the darkest hours when news of dreaded illness, terminations of employment, or loss of family members and friends shatter our emotions. Our life in Christ brings true joy, despite great sadness and sudden disappointment. He alone is our comfort today and every day...for always.

Repeat His name softly when you're most frightened in the wee hours of night, ask Him to surround you with divine peace each and every morning. He is there with you, walking this painful path, carrying us in some cases.

Remember that the Lord who exploded out of the tomb—Victor over death, hell and the grave—is also the tender Shepherd of our souls. As never before, let's embrace the joy of His resurrection together, and in it find comfort.

He is risen, indeed!

Prayerfully,

Beverly Lewis

 

Writing Update:

I've completed the pre-galleys for The Stone Wall, coming September 8, while also writing the first draft of my Fall 2021 novel.

My Amish Cheer cards are still shipping, and now is a good time to stock up on these very special cards I've created with my artist-sister, Barbara. So many people in your life, and circle of friends, are hurting, so a unique card like this will surely bring cheer and delight. See more here: amishcheer.com.

Remember: blessing others brings joy to our own hearts!