Dear members and friends of SUMC,
Shalom to you!
We are going through an unprecedented coronavirus crisis. The whole world is fighting this invisible, microscopic virus that threatens our very lives. Close to home, a former SUMC pastor was in ICU with coronavirus and, thank God, he has recovered and is back home with his family. Please continue to remember them in your thoughts and prayers.
People who have been on ventilators realize how lucky they are to be able to breathe again without a ventilator. Their eyes open to the truth that they have been truly blessed with the ability to breathe on their own. We don’t realize the blessings of health until we lose our health.
Albert Einstein said, “To those who believe, everything is a miracle. To those who doubt, nothing is a miracle.” We often think that a miracle happened when some recovered from a terminal cancer or a coronavirus. But we don’t realize that it’s a miracle that we don’t have cancer or coronavirus at all.
Being able to walk, being able to see, and being able to speak are some of the miracles that we often take for granted. Helen Keller had triple handicaps. She was blind, deaf and mute. And yet, she did not let her physical handicaps keep her from achieving what she wanted out of life. She lived her life to the fullest with what she had, instead of crying over what she did not have.
She wrote an essay titled, “Three Days to See.” In the essay, she wrote, “If God gives me three days to see, I would like to see my dog, go see a play, and go to a big city to roam around like an ordinary person.” She also wrote, “If everybody should have three days of being blind, deaf, and mute, he or she will realize how blessed they are.”
No matter how healthy, wealthy or lucky, there will come a day when God will call our name. Someday we will all die. While we are still here, take time to look at the stars, smell the roses, and be kind to one another.
The coronavirus crisis will be over sooner or later. Let’s learn a valuable lesson that everything is a miracle. Let’s celebrate little things in life.
When the night is the darkest, the stars shine the brightest.
Shalom to you all!