UPDATED: Tuesday, March 10 The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a plan of action Journey is implementing in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. First and foremost, we want you to respond with a spirit of faith, not of fear. The reality is that Covid-19 is affecting the world physically, economically, and relationally. Billions in revenue is being lost, many people will face health issues, and many may experience fear and grief for those losing loved ones and those who are diagnosed with the virus and complications.
For those inclined to ignore the threat, we remember that in Matthew 25:31-40, Jesus calls us to “serve the least of these” (i.e., those who will find themselves vulnerable to possible health concerns) as a way of serving Jesus himself. We must make every effort to make our public gatherings as safe as we can for every man, woman, and child.
With that said, I love the following verse:
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (NLT)
Every time I have lost a loved one or faced serious economic loss or times of extreme uncertainty, this verse has brought me great comfort. And trust me, I have faced serious losses and times of uncertainty in life. I pray that none of us faces a loss during this epidemic, and I know our God is faithful to walk closely with us. No matter our circumstances, God will walk with us:
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and a sound mind.” - 2 Timothy 1:7
Here is Journey’s plan of action: