Faith and the Pandemic

I collected stories about how faith kept people moving forward and put them together as a devotional for this Lenten season.
You can download the entire devotional here:

From James Kang

As I write this reflection, our second child is on my lap watching something on our iPad, happy and at home. But, in the Summer of 2020, he was watching this same iPad, lying in a hospital bed, with masked and gowned people checking to see if he was okay.

It was not COVID-19.  What he had was a rough time having experienced a serious allergic reaction, multiple injections, ambulance rides, and hospitals.  It was still scary, though, both for him and myself.  How else was I supposed to feel when I saw my son’s head tilting down and his eyes closing or when the treatment was taking longer than expected?

Looking back at the whole ordeal, there was no time to stop and reflect upon anything that had to do with faith.  I did not pray for his health; I did not stop to meditate and calm myself.  Those things, honestly, went out the window, rightfully so, I believe.

But, my sense of what is both truly transcendent in light of what is imminent all came to me just moments before we were supposed to be discharged from the hospital when I came upon a moment of certainty and commitment:
I realized that something was going to have to be different about my life once this was over and we were home.

Faith is not always about what helps keep you going.

It’s also not always about what you do when you hit the pause button on life.  Sometimes, faith is about how to tell when it is time to make a turn, change lanes, or even replace the vehicle you are using for transportation.

During this time of pandemic, faith has been its partner, teaching me more about myself than anything or anyone else and illuminating the paths that I have yet to take, but which I also must take soon.

And, I am confident that this has made all the difference.

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