The pandemic has brought a lot of changes in our lives. COVID-19 has caught us unaware and our lives were altered. Some are handling the stress, and has come to terms with the “new normal.” Some need all the help that we can give in order for them to survive.
Looking back, we can see throughout history, that people suffered plagues, diseases and wars that changed our way of life. Just imagine the Black Death, a plague that killed 200 million people in 1347 to 1351. The Spanish Flu of 1918 infected 500 million (1/3 of the world population that time) and killed 50 million people worldwide. Two world wars that also brought a lot of death including the holocaust.
And yet we are still here. Have you ever thought about it?
As Christians, we should remember the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Yes, what remainswhen all else have been stripped from us are faith, hope and love. Christians must be at the forefront of reminding people of these three values that Jesus taught.
First, we must hold on to our faith in Jesus Christ. Christians should be examples on how to have faith in Jesus Christ despite of the pandemic.
Second, we should continue to give hope to people around us. When there is hope, there is the impetus to go on living because the best is yet to come.
Third, we must show our love wherever we are. Agape love is not the same with Phileo or Eros love. Other people may give Phileo or Eros love but it is not the same with Agape love.
Let us go out and spread faith, hope and love!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on