March 27, 2020
Recently President Donald Trump shared his thoughts about wanting to have churches return to their sanctuaries on Easter Sunday. I agreed with him that it “would be a wonderful thing.” As a person of Christian faith, I would give witness to a Risen Lord who can heal us and even bring us back from death.
I also believe that God has blessed us with wisdom to discern the times, and Jesus our Lord has placed within our hearts a conviction to be caring of one another with particular care for the most vulnerable among us.
Health professionals continue to advice our state, county, and national leaders and all of us. They are clear that we need to continue to be vigilant in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and do our best to help curb its spread by sheltering in place (SIP).
One recent report from one of our area’s governors stated that we may yet face a minimum of 12 more weeks of needing to SIP.
We do not lose our confident belief that our merciful God is watching over us and extending healing mercy to us. Let us continue to pray for the healing of our hurting world. Let us do all we can to be helpers by following local, county, and state government orders and thus hopefully not falling into the category of those who become ill with this dreadful virus causing harm to ourselves, to our families and communities, and adding to the severity of this world pandemic.
God is with us and will help us through this crisis for God is our Good Shepherd, our light and our strength in days of trouble.
Your Sister in Christ,
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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