Comfort, Hope and Help in these times

 

April 3rd, 2020

Palm Sunday is approaching…. the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their clocks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” These Bible verses about Palm Sunday – both prophecy and the actual event, will encourage you and inspire you to live with Jesus as the King of your life!
The Coming of Zion’s King
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
 

April 1st, 2020

Good morning…….it is another beautiful, sunny, crisp, spring morning……and we are thankful.  As we follow instructions from the authorities to self-isolate and social distance, we can still see the beauty of God’s creation…..the evidences of spring-time. Despite the heaviness of the realities of our collective situation right now, the movements within God’s creation continue and we are thankful.

Gabriel’s Oboe” is the main theme song from a 1986 movie called “The Mission”.   A portion of its lyrics go as follows:

Whispers is a dream, the word is quiet and waiting,

And all around the air is still….

Then sings the angel.

When all has come to pass, the storm has breathed its last

And the rain has washed our fears away…Love will fall….

On us all….

The world will smile again.

 

March 27th, 2020

It is a beautiful, sunny, spring day today.  God is good.  He loves us and cares for us.  He is faithful…..

 

March 26th, 2020

Psalm 34:vs 1-4
1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
 

March 25th, 2020

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!   Isaiah 26:3

https://youtu.be/_eJUqY_6tqo

 

March 24th, 2020

Words of comfort and encouragement in the storms of life…

https://youtu.be/zY5o9mP22V0

 

March 23rd,2020

Psalm 23    https://youtu.be/pN4tPkX0MG0

 March 21st, 2020:      When you go out occasionally to get necessary groceries, remember to say “thank-you for what you are doing” to the cashiers and store staff and delivery people (if you bump into them)……they, plus the health care professionals, first responders and police services, are who are putting themselves on the line for all of us.

We thank them and pray for their safety as they do what they do.

 

March 20th, 2020:  Pray for medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers responsible for fighting the new coronavirus.

God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients. Multiply their supplies so they have the protective items needed to stay safe on the job.   Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better tests to diagnose the virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and identify protocols to eliminate the disease’s spread.   Amen

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. —Psalm 23:4 (NIV)      (from World Vision website)

 

March 19th, 2020:   We are social beings. If at all possible we need contact with others. This contact can take place via many means. Today’s technology can help when person-to-person contact needs to be avoided, as in days like this.

Reach out to your friends and family on a more regular basis. Everyone can pick up the phone and call a friend just to chat. Hearing a voice on the other “end of the line” is important. Send and e-mail. Connect with friends and loved ones via FaceTime, or Facebook.
 
Let’s keep connected and look out for each other.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1
 
A community resource:
Care Mongers COVID-19 Response Phone Line
Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa
1-888-573-0982
If you need help or are isolated during the COVID-19 outbreak, volunteers throughout Durham Region are ready to help you get what you need.
When you call, it asks you to let them know where you’re calling from so they can connect you with a volunteer in the area.
If a volunteer doesn’t answer, you’re asked to leave a detailed message about what you need. From there, you’ll be connected to someone who can help.
 
 
March 18th, 2020: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.     Isaiah 41:10