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The mat outside my door says folks are welcome.
How many weeks will pass before that’s true?
Though some who make predictions have great knowledge,
the only one who KNOWS, Dear Lord, is You.
Last Sunday I attended worship service*
behind the church. Instructions were to stay
inside our cars. We heard a moving message.
We couldn't hug, but we could sing and pray!
Last week I paid my family a visit.*
They sat ten feet away in folding chairs
while I sat in my car. Our conversation,
though just ten minutes long, dispelled my cares.
Those canned goods I’d shoved way back in my pantry,
I now find tasty. I’ll shun them no more!
This challenge proves that I've been spoiled and wasteful.
With effort, I'll be better than before.
This epidemic spreading through the nations
has changed our lives. Each day seems more surreal,
but my small inconveniences are minor
compared to heartbreak many millions feel.
I pray for those whose loved ones have been taken
by this pandemic and those gravely ill,
the ones who risk their lives each day for others,
and those who lost their jobs and can’t pay bills.
God bless those who give time, supplies, and money
to those in need. Such times bring out the best
in many. Volunteers prove pure compassion
brings joy and peace in life’s severest tests.
In solitude, I cry out, “How long, Father,
will this go on? Please take this plague away!’
His thoughts and ways aren’t like ours; they are higher.**
We can’t give up. His Word says we must pray.***
*UPDATE: Events of these stanzas occurred before the "Stay in Place"
mandate was declared in my state. Before this, parking-lot stay-
in-vehicle services were acceptable, as were necessary groupings
of ten or fewer, with distancing.
**Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens
are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
***In Luke 18, Jesus tells the Disciples a parable to make the
point that we should pray and not give up.
Date: April 4, 2020
Contest Title: Quarantine Poems placed 1st
Sponsor: Julie Leigh Rodeheaver
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