The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?

What are the conversations in your head like? Are they a jumble, are they full of imagination, are they confused? Do you debate with yourself? I do this a lot – I think of a problem, I puzzle over it, I worry, I talk to God, I think of solutions, I get discouraged, I find hope, I ask questions. But I don’t start with thoughts fully formed, or all the answers, or even a sense of what God is saying. Check out our psalm today – it sounds just like one of these inside-my-head conversations:

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

Do you see how David (yes, him again) starts a conversation with himself and with God? First, he starts with a sense of ‘where are you God?’ (verses 1-2). Then he starts to pray and ask for God’s help (verses 3-4). Finally, he arrives at a declaration of his trust in God (verses 5-6).

This sounds like us. We begin with thoughts of despair, especially in the current crisis. Then we cry out to God in prayer – help! And then, if we allow Him and ourselves – we get to a place of trust in who God is and in what He’s doing.

Turn your anxious thoughts into a prayer. And then allow God to answer and bring you to a place of peace, trust, and praise.

May God bless you today. Love, Matt