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This is one of my favorite biblical scriptures: “weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Many individuals are living in fear and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are afraid of being exposed to the virus. It is a huge storm and one that we cannot build a storm shelter for protection.

The Psalmist declares that joy comes in the morning. I agree with the Psalmist. We must look on the bright side and be encouraged that one day the morning after the pandemic will come and we have some semblance of normalcy.

Designer and author Jeffry Veen said, “designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures.” Perhaps we need to use our minds and become creative thinkers for a holistic solution to the pain and agony in the world. America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not more sea storms but normalcy; not revolution but restoration; not more chaos but peace and love. Dionne Warwick gave us some insight about what the world needed singing, “What the world needs now is love sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of….No, not just for some but for everyone.”

There is no such thing as a storm-free life. However, it is my belief that the words of God can bring you comfort in times of loss, sickness, divorce, unemployment, loneliness, and depression. You may not be able to predict life’s storms or prevent them, but you can prepare for them and be protected by putting your trust in the power of God. A man or woman without God is forced to be their own god. God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We can stand tearless, courageous, and encouraged in the face of this pandemic until it is vanished.

Remember that God is the only storm shelter you will ever need because “joy will surely come in the morning.” So, Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten