I am not sure who wrote this prayer but it touched me this morning as I meditated on what God might be teaching me this day.
~~ Pastor Brenda

“Prayer in a Pandemic”    (From Mayfield First United Methodist Church)
            May we who are merely unconvinced remember those whose lives are at stake.
            May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
            May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must
                        choose between preserving their health or making the rent.
            May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close,
                        remember those who have no options.
            May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.
            May we who are losing our margin money, remember those who have no
                        margin at all.
            May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.
            As fear grips our country, may we choose love.
            During this time when we cannot wrap our arms around each other
            Find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

March 13, 2020
Letter to all Members and Friends of Point Pleasant Community Baptist Church:

Out of an abundance of caution and a commitment to help our community, I am cancelling all worship and activities of Point Pleasant Community Baptist Church for the next two weeks. At that time, we will reassess. There is no harm in being cautious. This is a way that we can participate in fighting this virus and not overwhelm our medical professionals and emergency services. Your health is very important to all of us. While some of you would risk your own health, I am not willing to risk everyone else’s health.

I live in Montgomery County. We were locked down yesterday by the Governor. He doesn’t even want us to leave the county. Out of the 22 cases in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County has 13 of them and the news keeps coming in. Now a police officer, a local doctor, and an EMT have all tested positive, at least one of whom is in intensive care.

This was not an easy decision to make. I suggest that you use this time in individual Bible Study, prayer, and meditation. I learned how to use my time well when I was a shut-in taking care of my husband. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t convenient. But it’s a gift to slow down and think.

You are responsible for your own health, so take this seriously and stay safe.

I will be working from home, so feel free to text, call, or e-mail me during these two weeks.

Love and Prayers,
Pastor Brenda