These are strange times we live in. The current pandemic of Covid-19 has been affecting more than our health. It has also put our lives on hold. For many of us, our days have been filled with fear, uncertainty regarding the nation's economy, and waiting. Lots of waiting. Waiting for it to pass and for us to be able to resume the normal course of our lives. With mandatory quarantines, those that Lifeline serves are even more at risk. Domestic abuse has been on the rise worldwide. School has been canceled and with it came another kind of challenge: homeschooling. Single working-moms have been the most affected by this new lifestyle, having to incorporate school time into their already busy schedules.
At Lifeline we think of all the moms and dads in our community who might be struggling to make ends meet after they were told to go home. We think of the children who might not have internet access to keep in touch with their schools, as this is the case for nearly half of the world's population. And we think of those who might suffer from the lack of social connections. We are with you in thoughts and prayers!
So how should we respond to this global crisis? I believe that God calls us to stay united. There is no doubt that homeschooling is a difficult endeavor. Our children may not want to cooperate and they may not be thankful. They would rather be out and about, hanging out with friends. As for single moms, the challenge is double. Having to “redefine our idea of school to accommodate an arduous work-from home schedule” may then be necessary. Even if you don't have children, caring for your anxious husband or wife while fulfilling your job's demands might not come easy. Yet, our Lord commands us to bear with one another and to forgive each other (Colossians 3:13). Maybe today is the perfect opportunity for us to gather around the family table and pray. To study the Bible and remind ourselves of God's truths — His omniscience and omnipresence, in all circumstances.
As believers, we can take comfort in the hope that this rough time will come to pass. God is still in control, and He is with us. Let's cast our anxiety on Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Let's “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12). And perhaps most importantly, let's soak in deep and infinite gratitude, thanking God for His promise of eternal life, and the life He gave us here with our families. Not taking anything or anyone for granted but appreciating each and every moment our Lord granted us.
Last but not least, may we keep in mind those who go through this crisis alone that may not have the assurance of God’s provision and care. Those without families, the singles, the widows, the unbelievers. Those who have lost a dear someone. Let's reach them through prayer, a kind message, or a service.
Lifeline has been committed for over twenty years to minister to women and men facing unexpected pregnancies. Those we serve may experience even more anxiety and fear during this time of uncertainty. Will you stand united with us as we continue to serve as a light in the darkness to so many? There is no Lifeline without you and your support. Whether it be through your prayers, time, or treasure, it takes us all to ensure there is a safe place for these women and men to turn.
By Elodie Takamiya