Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
On Friday, March 20, 2020, Rev. Dr. C. Diane Mosby, Senior Pastor of the Anointed New Life Baptist Church located in Henrico, Virginia delivered a message on Facebook to give encouragement during the time of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Pastor Mosby acknowledged that people are going through tough times trying to get adjusted to social distancing and not being able to connect and communicate the way we normally do.
She spoke about "Four P's For Surviving the Pandemic" that might help as we are in unchartered territory.
The first P is Prayer. She said everybody's prayer life is not the same. Sometimes prayer is just moving throughout your day. It is just asking God when you feel anxious and unnerved to come in and calm your spirit and to manage feelings of uncertainty. She highly recommended for people to press in their personal place of prayer as there go through this "new norm."
We need to be centered. We need to be grounded in our faith and grounded in the Word of God. Pray by asking God to come in and calm your spirit. Press in your place of prayer to stay calm and to become centered.
According to Pastor Mosby, "We were created for community. Social distancing is not who we are." She continued by saying we need to find different ways. We need to be in association and connect with one another.
The pastor said the situation we are going through reminds her of what she has seen on Facebook about people who have found others with like minds and like interests. We need to find different ways of community because we need one another.
Even though social distancing is our new norm right now, social disengagement can't be our new norm. Find some new ways to connect. Pick up the phone and send some text messages. Find a Facebook community that you can connect with. For instance, find a crocheting group if you like crocheting.
Find different ways to be connected and stay connected with others. Press in in a different way.
We are in this for the long run. Therefore, we should stay positive rather than complaining. Be around positive people. Encourage one another.
We might encounter times when we are just over it. Since we might be in this situation for the long run, we need to find ways to stay positive. We need to find people who can speak positive things into our lives. Sometimes people come on the phone and start complaining about being in the house and complaining about things they can't do. We need positive people in our lives. We need some adults in the room to bring some calm in the situation.
God is calling us to be positive. We need to encourage one another. It will take all of us working together to get through this. So when folks are calling you on the phone and start talking with that negative stuff, put them on hold and on check. Let them know you can't have negative things in your spirit right now. You need folks who will speak positive things into your life and who will dream with you and help you identify some different ways for your house to keep your family safe and keep your children connected. We need some positive conversation.
Pastor Mosby exclaimed, "Look, none of us have been here; none of us. This is new unchartered territory for everybody, but here's the thing. We've got the privilege to dream. We have not considered what this would look like for weeks and maybe months on end, but we have a clean slate to think of new possibilities."
The preacher asked a couple of questions: "What are some things we can do differently? What are some things this pandemic is pushing us into right now that's making us think of things in a whole, totally new and different way?" She continued, "We've got to have some possibilities, and we've got to dream. We've got to come together. Get your conference calls going. Talk to some people to make some things happen that we've never seen before."
The pastor gave a strong word of encouragement. She said, "Look, Family, we can make it. God has already given us everything we need to survive this pandemic. We've got it in our spirit. We've got it in our soul. We've got the word. We've got the possibilities. We've got the potential. We've got the prayer. We've got the presence. We need to pull it together, Family. We can all survive and come out on the other side of this thing better than we went into it."
Dr. Mosby added, "We are on new uncharted territory. Be the adult in the room. We have a clean slate for new possibilities. We can dream because God has given us everything we need."
Start out with prayer. Be intentional. Ask God in the Spirit of God to meet you in your places of uncertainty. Help yourself to be in a better place by centering yourself in the Word of God.
We need one another. This is not our normal community. We need to press in and to do some things differently to make presence the norm in our lives in a very different way.
Be the adult in the room. Don't go into the situation talking gloom and doom. Instead, talk about the positive things that we can do to help one another in this situation.
Family, dream! Let's dream. Now is the time for new possibilities. This is the time to look at new paradigms, to look at ways we can do some different things that were normal before that are new norms now.
Pastor Mosby said she hopes people will draw strength from one another, draw strength from the Word of God, draw strength in their prayer life and be communal with one another.
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BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 21, 2020:
Minister of my church has been on everyday.
He will be doing sermon live this week online.
Social contact online is okay...but there is only so much one can do.
You want to hear another's voice...not just texting.
Gonna be a long haul.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 21, 2020:
Great article, Margaret. Thanks.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on March 21, 2020:
Hello Margaret, the reality is that in a padenmic outbreak like corvid-19, panic, fear, and misunderstanding are inevitable. Everything that strikes around ebolavirus is here. God in his mercy helps us out.