Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a

These are difficult days for sure. In our forced isolation, we watch movies about people dying from disease in the midst of war. But we find little comfort in their morbid stories.

Measles and pneumonia were far more dangerous to the lives of young conscripts in the Spanish-American War. Malaria took a toll greater than the bombs of any enemy.

Worse than the disease, though was the fear of not knowing. Walter Reed Medical Center is in the news, but who is aware of who Walter Reed was? He was a young doctor who confirmed that the tiny mosquito was the carrier of the disease.

We celebrate researchers who discover new cures. I remember the relief felt by my parents when Dr. Jonas Salk discovered a vaccine for polio, back in the 50s. It was an answer to the prayers of parents throughout the land.

Healing has always been at the center of our faith. First and foremost, Jesus was a healer. Mother Theresa only followed in his footsteps. Caring for others was their primary medicine. And for this, we rejoice!

O God, our Creator, who is steadfast in all situations, we look to you, once again, for comfort and guidance. We pray in the name of Jesus, that you keep us safe, give us hope, and make us strong! Amen.


Written by: Ken Harding