Reflections by the Sea: At this time

Published 10:47 am Sunday, March 29, 2020

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

This I declare about the Lord:

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He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap

and protect you from deadly disease. Psalm 91 1-3

Like many of you I stand in amazement about how the world and our lives have changed so dramatically in a matter of days.  Nothing prepared us for the suddenness of the events unfolding around us. How often we feel untouchable and invincible. And how humbling and eye opening for us to see that we are not! We are living at this time with uncertainty. Having said that, for the most part, we are adaptable and obedient and living in faith regardless of our circumstances. Fortunately most everyone is heeding to the new boundaries set for us with regards to cancellations, closings and social distancing. We must hear the facts and act accordingly, but then we have a choice beyond that. Will we live in faith or in fear?

Be the person that people look to for faith and inspiration. That is the better way. Using gratitude as our guide to praise and be thankful for the people that are on the front line trying to protect us. Tempering our comments and news reports around our children so they don’t harbor fear that they cannot process at an early age.  Some hard lessons are being learned right now. Loss of wages makes financial hardships difficult to be grateful for. But God is the provider and He makes a way where there doesn’t seem to be a way. Replacing fear with faith, believing that we are under God’s care and umbrella of protection will get us through. My grandmother often said, “And this too shall pass.” And it always did! And it will this time too. Let’s do what we are told to do, let’s make the best of it and let’s be the calm light of faith in all we say and do. Read Psalm 91, the Psalm of Protection. It will be an encouragement and faith builder. God bless you.

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at betsyglass1@gmail.com or read additional Reflections at www.betsyoreglass.com.

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