After the attack on our nation resulting in horrific carnage on September 11, 2001, our churches were filled to capacity. People turned their hearts over to the Lord. But it didn’t last. Will the effects of COVID-19, from a faith perspective, play out in the same way?
Seeing COVID-19 through the lens of faith opens up a divine perspective. It allows us to see beyond the moment, with all its uncertainty, into eternity. It grants us the ability to understand how all things and events are included in God’s loving providential plan.
Persevering in the faith requires that it be tested. You must prove your mettle before God who allows you to be perfected in the fires of trails and difficulties that you may win the crown of life.
The proconsul read Cyprian’s condemnation and the multitude cried, “Let us be beheaded with him!” He was taken into the grounds, to a hollow surrounded by trees, into which many of the people climbed. Cyprian took off his cloak, knelt down, and prayed.
When you comply with Jesus’ wishes, giving yourself over confidently to him in self-entrustment, however difficult or counter-intuitive it may seem, the unexpected happens: a course is set toward a new, sublime horizon of life.