Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID Crazy! By Shannon Redmon

I think I’m going COVID Crazy.

If there was such a diagnosis, I dare say many of us would claim the condition. Symptoms like over washing of hands, the excessive use of sanitizer and Zoom fatigue, plague our once normal routines.

However, my most severe symptom is … the longing to return to church. To worship my God with fellow believers. To feel the lightness in my soul as we align our hearts with God, united.

Sometimes, I go out of my way to drive by the parking lot and pretend everything is still the same and then God reminds me many people’s lives have been far worse affected than mine. I pray for those who have lost loved ones to this mean, evil sickness and pray the virus will die out so we can all do the things we love once again.

I also realize that my past casual attitude toward the freedom to assemble was wrong, but thankfully God is not limited to our buildings nor held by man-made restrictions.

The law will not quiet Him nor will the gospel of Jesus be stopped.

His message of faith, hope, love and forgiveness will continue to march forward with life changing good news, the COVID virus beneath his nail-scarred feet.

In our church alone, God has reached over 70,000 people with the gospel of Jesus Christ through online efforts! Isn’t that amazing? Over one-hundred thousand dollars has been raised in t-shirt sales with the entire amount going to help those who lost their jobs in our tourism community. Millions of prayers around the world are rising to His ears. Lives are changing. Souls are at peace.

That’s what God does. He makes something beautiful out of the ugly.

He can do the same in our personal lives and in our writing, too.

God wants much more for you, for us. He sees our hearts at every scary, isolated moment and pleads for surrender to Him, even in the midst of a world pandemic. He can take the pieces of mounting despair and make us whole again, if we chose to surrender to Jesus Christ.

Will you give your life to Him today?

For those of you who are like me and long for the encouragement of other Christ followers, please share with me in the comments below, what amazing things you’ve seen God do during this crazy COVID time.

God isn't limited to our buildings nor held by man-made restrictions. His message of faith, hope, love and forgiveness will continue to march forward, the COVID virus beneath His nail-scarred feet.@shannon_redmon #covid #encouragement

Shannon Redmon remembers the first grown up book she checked out from the neighborhood book mobile. A Victoria Holt novel with romance, intrigue, dashing gentlemen and ballroom parties captivated her attention. For her mother, the silence must have been a pleasant break from non-stop teenage chatter, but for Shannon, those stories whipped up a desire and passion for writing.
There’s nothing better than the power of a captivating novel, a moving song or zeal for a performance that punches souls with awe. A rainbow displayed after a horrific storm or expansive views on a mountaintop bring nuggets of joy into our lives. Shannon hopes her stories immerse readers into that same kind of amazement, encouraging faith, hope and love, guiding our hearts to the One who created us all.

Shannon’s writing has been published in Spark magazine, Splickety magazine, the Lightning Blog, The Horse of My Dreams compilation book, and the Seriously Write blog. Her stories have been selected as a semi-finalist and finalist of the ACFW Genesis Contest and won first place in the Foundation’s Awards. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. The StoryMoore Blog is named in memory of her father, Donald Eugene Moore.

Connect with Shannon:
www.shannonredmon.com
The StoryMoore Blog
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Twitter @shannon_redmon
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Check out Shannon’s story in a compilation with other authors published by Revell.
The Horse of My Dreams

6 comments:

  1. I think a tremendous positive to come out of this is the online church service. It has the ability to reach people who might never step foot inside a church building.

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    1. Hi Sandra - You are so right. Our church has reached ten times what we used to see on a Sunday morning with the gospel of Jesus. Thank you for responding!

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  2. Yes, our church has seen the same great effects of online church and ministry! The outreach has been amazing, and our church plans to continue doing many of the same things it's started during this pandemic.

    It's also been uplifting to see posts on social media and through the news of how creative people have become in helping others - and also the lengths they've gone to in order to keep connected.

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    1. Hi Dawn - I love that other churches are seeing the same reach into the world and how so many are helping others. Thank you!

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  3. I'm loving online church. For some reason I seem to be able to focus on the message easier.

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    1. Hi Terri - It is easier to focus when at home although I find the worship singing is a bit lacking with my husband who can't carry a tune. :) Thank you!

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