Pandemic Peace

by Adele M. Gill  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice…                       Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7   Pandemic peace?  Some days when I wake up in the morning and remind myself that the world is still in quarantine. I can hardly believe the pandemic continues to be upon us, affecting every aspect of our lives. And, like most, I think it’s been here way too long. If I let myself travel along on that path of thinking beyond a passing thought, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated, fearful, alone, angry, sad, even disappointed, because it’s not over yet. When I am able to better monitor my thinking, I soon recognize that I need to have a positive attitude adjustment to start my day off right. I try to remind myself that we all get to choose the thoughts we entertain.   Like weeds in a beautiful garden, negativity and fear can take over our thoughts and control your day, if we let them. At that point, we need to weed the ‘garden of our mind,’ so to speak, lest our negative thinking overcome us, dictating what kind of day we will have.   So we have to choose between a positive attitude and optimism; negativity and fear, even and especially, in times of adversity, like now. It is a choice we have to make each and every day. Truth is, negativity drags us down, zaps our energy, disrupts relationships, and can even make us...

Covid -19: Pleading with God

By Adele M. Gill “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.” James 5:16 NABRE / New American Bible ********************************************************* The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. Today’s blog, on the heels of my last blog article on April 20th 2020 entitled, ‘Another New York Travesty,’ expounds on Abraham bargaining and pleading with God to save the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. In this dialog, Abraham asks God to spare them because of a small number of praying, ‘righteous’ people there. Roget’s Thesaurus defines the word ‘righteous,’ used in the following scripture, not as “perfect,” but as “godly, devout, moral, virtuous” I think this Bible passage is self-explanatory and timely, in the face of this Covid-19 plague: Genesis 18:20-33 20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[d] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the 50 righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find 50 righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 27 Then...

Easter: Our Greatest Hope

By Adele M. Gill [Photo by Deb Jenkins] “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:24-25 Easter hope. Right now, people across the US, and all around the world, are in search of hope in the face of this pandemic. For some, hope is in the distant future as we endure great challenges in the face of the corona-virus. Hope takes many forms, as we hold onto the hope that we can soon resume life as we know it, without isolation. Hope that we and our loved ones won’t get Covid-19. Hope that if we do get it, will be a mild case that resolves quickly, without hospitalization or complications. Hope that we are able to emerge from this plague and that our finances and the economy will return to their previous pre-pandemic status. Hope we have everything we need to get through this most difficult time. Yet, there is another source and kind of hope that people all around the world are able to seek and find this Easter—especially Christian believers. That is the greatest hope possible in this life: Easter hope! Hope: Definition So what is Easter hope? Well, it is the very definition of Jesus Christ: The Greatest Hope the World Has Ever Known. So how is it possible that our hope today can hinge on just one man who lived some 2000 years ago? Irrelevant? Definitely not! Sadly, for some, especially agnostics and atheists, Jesus, Savior of the world, may seem irrelevant at a...

Corona-virus: God’s Promises for You

By Adele M. Gill ********************************************* 9 “To whom I have said, You are my servant;     I chose you, I have not rejected you— 10 Do not fear: I am with you;     do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10 I AM WITH YOU. This is God’s unwavering promise to all His people. He also goes on to say He “will strengthen and help” His people. That is, He will always take care of those who serve Him, and revere his holy name. In this reassuring, timeless Bible passage, God also tells us, “Do not to fear: I am with you.” He beckons us to put aside our fears and do not be anxious about anything. It is as if He is saying directly to us, “Trust Me, and don’t worry about anything–I’ve got this.” This scripture is not to be taken lightly, as it is a loving directive to trust in God; a very personal invitation, to trust in Him in times of adversity, and that would be now, as we battle this invisible enemy, the coronavirus! For scripture tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV-King James Version): “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” No, we can’t control the coronavirus. But we can heed this scripture, and try our level best to stay calm, free of fear, as we pray with sublime confidence for God’s help. Even if you have not prayed before, you can start anytime. And there is no time like the present…...

Coronavirus: Contagious Hope

NOTE: If you’d like to start reading scripture daily with me during this difficult time, go to the https://www.USCCB.com website. Great website! There you will find the daily Mass readings that Christians all over the world—every country–are reading daily at the same time! ************************************************ Greetings from the Inspiration Café! Today’s blog post: CONTAGIOUS HOPE By Adele M. Gill 6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.                     Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 Contagious hope and faith…In this time of the devastating spread of the coronavirus, and fear and panic, what a novel idea it is to think that our peace, calm, hope and faith in God affects us in a positive way and also those we are with! But it’s so true–Hope and faith in God are even more contagious than the coronavirus!!! We just need to openly proclaim our belief in the name of Jesus Christ Why wait? I’m sure you agree: We need all the help we can get right now!!! For scripture tells us: “If you profess with your mouth, and believe in your heart that Jesus is God’s only Son who rose from the dead, you will be saved!…Everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13 Almost overnight, we are quickly learning one of life’s greatest lessons…No man is an island unto him/herself, we are all connected in so...

Rejoice & Be Glad

“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!” ~ Psalm 118:24 ~ By Adele M. Gill This is the day to rejoice and be glad! Each and every day we are faced with a decision when we get up in the morning as to what kind of day we will have. If we don’t choose optimism, we can easily, mindlessly unravel as the day goes on. Then we may experience things happening that are not according to our plans. We really do get to decide if we will focus on the challenges or the benefits and blessings of each day—regardless of whatever transpires. It has been said that we all make over 2000 decisions in a single day. Some are truly minor decisions, such as whether or not we sit or stand. Stay on the diet or not. Be kind. Work hard or not so much. Go to the store or stay home. Then there are bigger decisions such as staying at or leaving a job you loathe, ending a toxic relationship, even going to Europe on vacation. But regardless of the decisions we make on any given day, we must live with the consequences of each and every one, though some are far more weighted than others. Silver Lining in Every Circumstances Deciding to put a positive spin on, or looking for, a silver lining in every circumstance relieves stress. Even and especially the stress of enduring our own imperfections and those of others. This perspective may initially take some self-discipline, but it is well worth it. When we are...