As we struggle with being isolated let us reflect on these questions above. Let's turn anxiety into hope!
Let us also continue to keep Tanzania in our prayers. We received this message a few days ago from our partners there.
"A Tanzanian visited a person in Belgium with the virus, has returned to Tanzania (Arusha), and is currently hospitalized with a positive test result for the virus. It is also in Kenya and Rwanda--and probably other neighboring countries even as I write this--all changes so quickly. We have also been told that all Tanzanian schools are shut down beginning tomorrow for 30 days. Let us pray that early and significant containment measures like this will prevent the kind of spread we are seeing here."
As we continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in Tanzania let us say this prayer together:
Merciful God, your healing power is everywhere about us. Strengthen those who work among the sick; give them courage and confidence in all they do. Encourage them when they are overwhelmed with many pressing needs or when their efforts seem futile. Increase their trust in your power to bring life and wholeness even in the midst of death and pain and crying. May they be thankful for every sign of health you give, and humble before the mystery of your healing grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Stay healthy and remember that you can reach out if you are in need of anything!
The Rev. Dr. Mary Ubuntu is the spiritual leader of Resurrection Lutheran Church and has served in that capacity since 2003. More on Pastor Mary can be found HERE.