We did not have much time to think about Easter this year. The coronavirus pandemic seemed to occupy all our attention. This virus has upset our world and changed the way we do things. The fear of an invisible virus and the fear of its visible results led us to take measures of voluntary and/or forced seclusion to help stop its rapid spread.
It is interesting to read and listen to people who try to help others during this time. They provide a word of hope by appropriating those Scriptures that contain God’s promises for our protection and liberation from disease and plague. Many of their words turn out to be overly optimistic and positive about the dire reality we face, but it is understandable. After all, everyone wants to be the bearer of good news.
The Bible teaches us that there is time for everything. The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us,
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace (3:1–8 NKJV).
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