91:5-6 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday

I tried to count how many times “fear not” is in the Bible, but with all the different translations and synonyms of “fear” I became confused and lost count. I have heard there are 365 verses referring to “fear not,” one for every day of the year. I think there are more.

            During the Covid 19 pandemic, this verse hit home. As a nurse I understand about viruses, incubation periods and isolation techniques, but that didn’t help me sleep at night. After watching the news, I lay in bed thinking about ways to keep my family safe. Not getting the sleep I needed, I became even more fearful. Finally, I quit watching the news at night and started reading Psalm 91 every morning and just before bed. Big difference, I had peace

            We need to have a healthy respect for the viruses; they are everywhere. I pray daily for those who have contracted the disease and those who have died. Fear makes us panic and become irrational. Using wisdom and maintaining CDC guidelines will help curb the viral growth. God can take every virus (arrow) and let them fly right past us, keeping us safe.  We can overcome this through prayer and trust in God.

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