As the COVID-19 death toll continues in Italy and now in the U.S., it would be easy to lapse into fits of despair. Even here in what’s known as the “Historic Triangle” of Virginia, we’ve seen an increased number of cases and deaths. As of last night there have been 5 COVID-19 related deaths and 46 coronavirus cases in our Peninsula health district, the majority in James City County where Blogger Virginia lives.
Our county has been classified as an ‘outbreak’ area. Like I shared last week, we are just a small county compared to the big cities and metropolitan areas in our state.
Many places are shut. Yesterday the Governor of Virginia closed all schools through the end of the academic year, plus a long list of other places. Many folks have lost their jobs. We are now in this for a longer haul.
Lots to worry about! But, here’s the thing about worry. Worry tends to weaken our hearts when we need them to be the strongest.
“Worry does not empty today of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” Corrie Tan Boom
How do we avoid worry blues? By choosing HOPE (and lots of prayer.) Hope strengthens our hearts to keep doing all we can. Hope seeks to help others (even from a distance of 6 feet, or alone in our homes by phone.)
Hope washes worries away with faith.
Hope prays. Hope stays. Hope saves.
Hope slays despair with God’s presence in our hearts and lives.
“Hope never abandons you; you abandon hope.” George Weinberg
grace, peace & hope
Virginia : )
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31