COVID-19 Prayers & Reflections

Each day through this time, we as your Wisconsin Cabinet, will be sending you an email with a brief devotion or prayer to provide you with a small bit of care. You each are held in and surrounded by our prayers in the spirit of Christ. Keep breathing. Keep safe. Know that we all rest in the grace and Spirit of God.

 
 
  • Reflection by Nick Coenen

    How interesting to return to this space, in a time when I need prayer, when we need prayer, and to find the cross slightly crooked. That as the water rose this past year, now froze, ice pressing hard against the base and supports, tipping the cross.

    And yet You are here with us. You remain the constant today as You were a day, a week, a century prior.

    How much heartache have You seen, Lord? Throughout time, You have seen it all. A pressure immeasurable, Your heartbreaking when our hearts break. Our tears mirroring Yours as well.

    And yet, as it seems the cross is tipping, You remain steadfast and strong. When the healthcare workers are exhausted and overwhelmed around the globe, You are beside them. As leaders make unimaginable decisions to keep us safe, You are there at the table. And this morning, as kids around the country are now home for a long time without school and friends, You are there in their midst as well.

    Remind us today that You are here, not allowing the cross to be tipped, but holding it up as a reminder of Your great love, grace and hope in difficult times. Let us hold fast to Your goodness when we feel overwhelmed, unable to sleep at night.

    Thanks for letting us always come back to You in our time of need, running to meet us as soon as we take that first step towards You. May we walk with You today.

    Amen.

    By Nick Coenen
    Site Director, Pine Lake Camp

  • A Faith Response to COVID-19

    Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

    Romans 5:1-5

    When Paul wrote these words, he wrote them to the community in Rome, understanding that professing the Christian faith would bring persecution, oppression, and even violence to the believers.  While he did not have a pandemic in mind, these words offer us some direction and perspective in the face of the coronavirus.  This is a time of anxiety, uncertainty, fear, sadness, and for some, panic.  It is a time of suffering.

    For Christians, it is an excellent time to provide a witness to the world.  So many things divide us in our church and world today; the threat of a global pandemic is a great opportunity to join together, to unite, and to stand strong in our faith. It is a time to encourage each other, to care fore each other, and to put the good of all ahead of the desire of the individual.  We all have the power to take basic precautions.  There are excellent resources available about hygiene, social interactions and isolations, self-care and care of others.  Beyond the worry and fear we are presented with a fundamental test of faith – to step out in faith for the healing, care, and wellness of God’s children everywhere.