In these trying times of stay-at-home orders, reduced or lost work and constantly weighing illness over personal needs, the Southeast Express reached out to several Colorado Springs faith and spirituality leaders representing a variety of backgrounds and ideologies to get their wisdom. This is what two of them had to say. (We will update at southeastexpress.org as more responses arrive.)
Faith over fear! Unexpected life events happening to us can cause fear in our hearts and minds. Many times, we are not prepared for discouraging, painful and unexplainable things that happen to us. It can be very difficult for someone to move forward when on the inside they are afraid and feeling hopeless. This virus that is shutting down the nation and causing such uncertainty each day will pass! However, the question is, what do you do until it does?
First, I want to encourage you not to fear but have faith! Fear defined is the feeling of being afraid. Faith defined is confidence or trust in another’s ability. Fear has power that torments the mind and faith has power that strengthens, encourages and heals the mind.
Let faith overtake your fear.
Let positive thoughts be at the forefront of your mind. Speak positive words even in the midst of negative circumstances. For example: “This will pass, and I will be okay!” You can change the outcome of your life during this life event by speaking positive words and thinking positive thoughts!
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; Yes, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:10
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23 (NIV)
Father I ask that you give us peace in the midst of the storm, joy that causes us to sing and dance in the midst of uncertainty, provision for what is needed and confidence in knowing that this too shall pass. I pray that instead of fear, we take on faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Laura E Calhoun, Apostle and senior pastor, Restored Life Church
Some time ago, my wife taught me a valuable lesson for dealing with spiritual slumps and tough times. In essence she said, “Remember what you know for sure. Rely on those truths to keep hope alive and to help you get through the storms of life.”
Some things I know for sure include: God the Father lives. His Son Jesus Christ lives and is the savior and redeemer of all mankind. We have the Holy Ghost to confirm eternal truths to our souls and to bring peace to our minds and to our hearts.
Experience has taught me that storms do pass. Even after the severest of storms, the sun will shine again. Faith mitigates fear. We were not created in the express image of God our eternal Father and placed on this magnificent Earth to be creatures of fear.
Ours is to be an existence of faith and hope.
The antidote for COVID-19 continues to evade the greatest scientific and medical minds. However, it is my faith, hope and prayer that a vaccine will be discovered soon and that the virus will run its course and be out of here.
In the meantime, what are we to do?
Don’t panic, or try not to. We are all in this together. Families and neighbors, unite. Reach out to each other, check-up on each other, help each other. Repair relationship fences where fences are down. Reach out to those that are far away.
Aging parents, grandparents and great-grandparents may not know how to use the latest technology, but they do know how to get through hard times. Ask them. You will learn something and they will feel better.
Find things to laugh about. Share your toilet paper.
Despite all that is swirling around us, this is still a very beautiful world. My spirit is always lifted when I go out among His majestic creations.
Look heavenward. Seek wisdom and understanding from He who knows all. Pray with renewed fever.
This thing is far too big for any continent, country, nation, municipality, president or king. However, it is not too big for God.
— Arnie Bass, Bishop, Sunset Mesa Ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints