No newspaper reports about this

But the fear affects us all

The patients sitting in the waiting room keep their distance.  The doors of the hospital’s church are wide open.  Inside a band is playing meaningful songs in front of empty chairs.  One of the hymns they are playing is “No longer Slaves”.  With every new Corona-death in the neighbourhood the fear spreads: “Will I be next?”  From CEO to cleaner everyone asks the same question: “When will I contract Corona?”  Will I be among the many asymptomatic infected or will I be pulled down in a merciless spiral? Admitted to hospital, oxygen, intensive care unit, respiration, exit.

Fear is a part of being human.  Unlike animals, we know that we will die and so we have to come to terms with this emotion.  Fear of illness and death, of economic demise and poverty, of loneliness and isolation.

It makes a big difference, if we have God in the equation or not.  The comfort that God gives has been a characteristic of Christians through the centuries.  The peace of God transcends all human understanding, writes the Apostle Paul 2,000 years ago.

Two verses from the above-mentioned song are:
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

I am surrounded
By the arms of the father
I am surrounded
By songs of deliverance
We’ve been liberated
From our bondage
We’re the sons and the daughters
Let us sing our freedom

No Longer Slaves (LIVE) - Jonathan and Melissa Helser | We Will Not Be Shaken
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