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A Message For The Children At Heart

posted Mar 29, 2020, 7:02 PM by Bowmansville UMC

It certainly has been an interesting couple of weeks. We have been instructed by the government and the CDC to stay home and practice social distancing. Churches are closed. Schools are closed until April 20th (for now). Non essential workers are no longer allowed to work. People are hoarding toilet paper and chicken.

This isn’t an ideal situation we are in. There is so much that we could spend our days complaining about (I read more than my fair share on social media). And yet, when we stop to think about it, there really is a lot we have to be thankful for.

I have played more cards and board games with my kids. We get to cook together, do crafts and projects. We go for a walk almost everyday. We stay up later than usual and sleep in a bit. Our days have no schedule, but we get our work done. The kids “go to school” in their pajamas. We are safe and healthy, and we have each other to hug every morning when we get up, every night before bed, and anytime we want throughout the day.

 I know God is with us during this storm, just like He has been through every other one we’ve been through.  I know I’m not alone in this either. He’s some proof from others in our church family...

“As far as I know we are healthy. We have a house full of food. I am able to work from home. We have projects to work on and books to read. We are sheltered, warm, and not alone. We are connected to literally hundreds of friends and family via Facebook, email, texting.”

“I am thankful we have savings to cover any bills while only one of us is working right now.”

“I am thankful for the health of family and friends and my faith in God that we will get through this.”

“I am thankful for our church family and the ability to stay connected, a safe place to live, and to be around those who love me. “

And while we can count our blessings each and every day, there are still things that remain on our hearts that need to be lifted up in prayer.

  • Prayers for the medical staff everywhere, and for their knowledge and ability to help no matter what the risks are. 

  • In addition to the health care workers and all that are in essential jobs and continue to work, I pray for the vulnerable ones in abusive relationships and the young people in abusive families. The stress of this situation can only be making their situation worse.

  • I pray for the safety of all the essential personnel and that people that are home will enjoy the extra time with family. 

  • Prayers for anyone that is not lucky enough to have extra money or food. 

Your church family is here for you if you need anything. Stay connected. Call. Write. Get on the computer and video chat. Pastor Kevin is always available by phone or email too. We WILL get through this! We are blessed beyond measure, even during days of uncertainty. 

From April Messenger by Andrea


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