“Let not your hearts be troubled…” these words of Jesus (John 14.1) bring to mind how quickly anxiety flashes across the screen of our life, puts us off balance and predominates our thoughts. Our world has crossed over the threshold to a pandemic, anxiety plays havoc and we begin to feel powerless. Jesus says, “let not your heart be troubled” because Jesus followed those words with these, “my peace I leave with you” (John 14.27). Our trust is in our God of mercy who is sovereign over all that would trouble us.
As a child, I survived one of the greatest epidemics the world has ever known – poliomyelitis – a scourge of the early part of the last century. The Salk vaccine came a year too late for me. I have aftereffects that most will never notice. Hidden deep in my psyche are remnants of PTSD, a powerful disorder for a child which had no name at that time. However, this disease God used to set me in a place where I put my faith and trust in Jesus love and salvation. From a months long illness where death stared at me daily, I discovered the peace of Jesus that heals the troubled heart. In these days when fear of disease and its ramifications threaten to undo us, we must remember the Gospel’s power so powerfully written by Martin Luther.
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
Let us pick up our God given weapon against all evil, prayer. As God’s people lift their prayers for healing and help, Coronaviruses will fall before the name of Jesus. Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen
(Book of Common Prayer)