Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In the Bible, one of the most common commands that we find is “Do not be afraid.” Fear is a powerful emotion and one that is often difficult to manage. How do we just stop feeling something? It that even possible? Although it may not be entirely possible to simply stop being afraid, there are certainly steps we can take to help manage our fear.
The news of the coronavirus, or COVID 19 spreading throughout our country and within our state has caused fear and anxiety for many. It is understandable why this disease may cause fear for you. However, just as those in the Biblical narrative were called to face their fears, we too must not let our fear control us. Rather, as people of faith and goodwill we must face our fear and anxiety. One of the best ways to manage our fear it to plan and prepare to deal with the things we can control.
As a way of addressing our fears and concerns, and ensuring the health and safety of the people of St. Patrick’s to the best of our ability, we are going to implement some recommended social distancing practices during the season of Lent.
Regarding Worship and Communion:
How can you be prepared for COVID-19?
Practice good personal health habits. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your elbow. Hands should be washed often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Educate yourself on the coronavirus:
Remember, above all, to hold all health care workers, public officials, and all the sick in prayer, remembering the constant counsel of scripture not to fear. As God tells us in Isaiah 41:10, “Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand” (CEB).