In “God Told Me to Tell You . . .” a Christian poetry book, the author takes on a tone of persuasiveness toward her readers, encouraging them to find the answers they seek within themselves by speaking to God and listening to his voice, and within their inner circles, family, church family and close friends. We don’t have to look far by planning to go away on expensive vacations, scanning the internet for the right professional to cure us, or trying to alleviate our worries by acquiring an abundance of stuff. God is an “ever-present help in times of trouble.” More importantly, we can seek him in the good times too and reveal our gratitude and appreciation for all he has done for us.
“If there is anything that is contagious during this coronavirus pandemic, the period in which this book was written,” says the author, “let it be our underlying joy in the midst of tragedy that although many died from this disease, still others—with the help of doctors, nurses, and first responders were restored to good health and were able to return home to their families.” What can we learn from this? My pastor, Rev. Stephen A. Green, said it very clearly as he repeated this song lyrics, “There is a balm in Gilead.” Our Heavenly Father may very well want our attention. The reading of this book provides the perfect opportunity to experience God, whether it is acknowledging his presence in your life, reading the Word (Bible), soul searching within, or examining your role as a parent a grandparent , and a member of a body of believers (church member.).
Years from now, your offspring will be reading about this COVID-19 pandemic in school and asking questions. During this uncertain time, let us focus on that which is certain: Jesus loves us. Remember that song you learned as a child, “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.” He hasn’t stopped loving his children, even those who are no longer children. What is God saying to you? Perhaps you can write your own book. But meanwhile, may this book bring you a sense of peace, comfort, perhaps even joy.