A Congregation of Conservative Evangelical Christians

Dat’s Reflections for April 29th, 2020

It has been five weeks since we last experience normalcy of life as we knew it. We are looking for that life to resume although some of us are apprehensive about what that is going to be like. The question we ask each other nowadays is how each other is doing with physical distancing. What have I been able to find helpful in coping with being physically away from families and friends?

My prayer life has taken a more reflective direction. I spend a lot of time asking God for wisdom in dealing with the post-pandemic time. It is not just for the physical healing. It is for the restoration of hope. I personally believe that regardless of the doom and gloom of the news, God still has a great plan for all of us.

I decided to reread some of my old books on Spirituality. The kinds of books that guide me to examine my interior life more honestly. I read these books again because I know that in order to look forward to the future, I need to dig deeper into the presence and allow God to speak.

I become more aware of what I watch because I need to be more discerning in dealing with the many distractions that I don’t need. I would rather spend time listening to people and ask God to reveal to me how He is at work in their lives.

I pay attention to the need to remain quiet in God’s presence. It is the kind of silence that allows me to listen to the voice of God within my own heart. It is the moment to experience the needed oneness with God. It is the antidote for the restlessness of life.

I become more disciplined in my writing and these letters are part of it. It is how I process what is my mind, my heart and my spirit. It is my opportunity to go to places that I would not go before. My simple prayer is that it brings comfort, assurance and hope to those who read them.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12: 2)