My wife and I were in Israel when the Coronavirus impact began in our community.  We had an adventure ourselves trying to get back into the Springfield area.

When we came back, we had few supplies or staples in our house.  In fact, I think my children were house-invading while Barbara and I were gone – taking our toilet paper!

First thing … the morning after our late-night return … we went to Kroger to get some needed necessities.  I went to the toilet paper aisle and experienced one of the great disappointments of my life.

Not one package or roll of toilet paper available.  Springfield, I have been a pastor and served this community for 49 years – why didn’t you leave me a roll of toilet paper?

We survived.

As I stood in that empty aisle, I had the following thought, “What does Springfield really need now more than toilet paper?” “What does Pastor Grant need now more than toilet paper?”

Five things:

  1. Connect with Someone. While walking the aisles of Kroger, I ran into a lady from my church.  She said, “I know we have to cancel church but that is my place where I connect with others.”   I can’t ask someone to connect with you, but I can ask you to text, call, or e-mail someone that you know may appreciate a conversation.
  2. Pray. The Apostle Paul writes that our battle is not ultimately against flesh and blood but against “principalities and powers” in the spiritual realm (Ephesians 6:12). Great prayers are asked in difficult times. Pray for blessing in Springfield and through Springfield the world.  Pray the following right now …
    • God give our community peace. Allow families to re-connect.
    • Bless our business community. Let us support them.
    • We ask for a supernatural intervention with the Coronavirus and healing for anyone who is sick. We pray for Italy, for Spain, for Russia, for China and all countries who are dealing with this virus.
    • Allow me to have faith!
  1. Rejoice! James 1.2 says, “Consider it joy when you encounter difficulties.” Acts of faith come from joy.  Determine to be a person of joy and not fear in the next few weeks.  Again, faith grows from joy! My challenge to you: every time that you sense fear creeping into your mind say, “I’m going to rejoice because God will work this to His good.”  (Romans 8:28 & Philippians 4:4-7)
  2. Take a step of Faith. Faith means having fun. It is the opposite of fear. Fear leads to withdrawal from others, from God and even from your calling. What can you do during this time of social distancing? I’m up early every re-acquiring blogging.  This is my first! If you read this send me words of encouragement!!!  You can read a book, take an online course – anything to invest in your future.
  3. Restore a Relationship. The last verses of the OT read that in the last days the Lord will restore families. (Malachi 4:4-6)  Many relationships have been victimized by busyness.  We have become so busy that we don’t have time for God or others.  Even when we are with ‘others’ the tiredness from being busy swamps any meaningful conversation.  A starting point would be to have Family devotions.  There are a lot of ideas on the Fellowship Church website.

I love you and will pray for anyone who sends me a prayer request at edwards@fellowshipchristian.org

Remember caution in faith not caution in fear!  And please, leave me some toilet paper!