Faith in a Time of Pandemic – You Have What You Need

Faith in a Time of Pandemic – You Have What You Need May 2, 2020


My God will supply all your needs according to his riches and glory in Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:19)
Mahatma Gandhi once said that there is enough for our need but not for our greed. In this time of pandemic, we are discovering what’s really important. Two months ago, who would give a second thought to toilet paper, paper towels, and hand sanitizer? Who would have thought we would have to strategically look for bread, milk, and eggs?

While God wants us to have abundant life, God also wants us to learn what our deepest needs are. For many of us, beyond food and shelter, we are discovering the value of friendships, a good book, a beautiful environment, and our church family.

Deep down, we are constantly receiving God’s blessings. Deep down, ask for what you need. Reach out to others, and then out of what you have received, bless others.

Let us constantly give thanks for all that we have and let our lives be a light to the world even if we never leave home.
Holy One, let us trust you for our daily bread, for comfort, and support. Let us discern the difference between wants and needs as we seek to respond to the needs of others. Amen.


Bruce Epperly is a Cape Cod pastor, professor, and author of over 50 books including FAITH IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC and GOD ONLINE: A MYSTIC’S GUIDE TO THE INTERNET.

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