By: Bruce Pylant
Chaplain, Fairfield Glade Fire Department
Living in a time of a Pandemic is surreal. It seems everything is upset. It seems we have too much news. The daily updates with Coronavirus infections and deaths with too many advisories about washing your hands and social distancing. But there’s not enough, also. Not enough groceries, not enough interactions with friends, not enough fellowship with other believers, not enough toilet paper.
On one hand, it is good to be a Christian in times like these. We have a personal relationship with God—our Heavenly Father—who is certainly watching over us. We are reassured that He was at the beginning and He has written the last chapter. We are on the winning side—He is and will be victorious.
However, in one of the Fire Chaplain training sessions I attended, it was pointed out that even Christians can struggle with stress and depression. Even though we absolutely believe with all of our hearts that God is in control and is all powerful—some days can be tough.
Romans 15:13 seems like a great place to start: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in HIM, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What is the gift? To be filled with all joy and peace—so that you may overflow with hope
What is the source of the gift? God of hope and the power of the Holy Spirit
What is your part? As you trust in Him
What do you think? This is a great time to be filled with all joy and peace and to overflow with hope! You know what overflow means, don’t you? The hope will fill us up so much that it will spill out of you and me and splash all over those who are around us—it’s more that we can hold—it’s to be shared.