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Relief During A Disaster: How You Can Pray For The Youth Facing A Global Pandemic
March 27, 2020, 11:00 AM

By Angelique McGinnis

 

What seemed to be an unknown pneumonia-like illness in China, had spiraled into chaos in late 2019. The outbreak of the virus known as COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) was declared a Public Health Emergency International Concern at the beginning of this year. The United States has now become the epicenter of the virus with more than 85,000 cases surpassing other countries such as China and Italy, and officials are expecting it to spread. Our country has made huge efforts influencing state and federal governments to help prevent the spread of the virus, and to caution those whose health matters most that could be affected. However, as Christians, we must realize and relieve those who are in need, especially the future generations who watch the disaster among many countries unfold.

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As a senior at Buffalo High School, I have experienced a lot of difficulty with my academic and social life that's been influenced by the global pandemic. Not only do I have to adjust to the world of online classes, but I am filled with insecurities and empty feelings with social distances. With all of my extracurricular contests canceled, I have felt unmotivated to go on through school. What makes it even worse is that I am disheartened from the outrage of social media and discouraging posts of the COVID-19 virus. When I need my church family the most, I can't see them. Instead of the warm embraces or the comfort of a pat on the back, I am met with the paranoia of our country on the bright screen from my cell phone. Instead of warm, encouraging smiles from my peers, I am left to spend my days in isolation with my family unable to go anywhere. It becomes difficult for students and youth, like myself, who are used to being in an environment where we can engage, encourage, and continue to be beacons of our Lord. It has become such a struggle socially, academically, and spiritually for most during this time of a global crisis. We are called to lean to God and pray for those who we care about.

 

I know deep in my heart that I can continue through this crisis and lean-to Him. It is in the book of Isaiah that I am reminded that God will strengthen me, and I need to lay all of my burdens and fears on the cross. "Do not fear, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10). This verse has kept me going throughout my hardships, but this is a difficult time that the youth and the world did not expect. I implore those to take a moment to pray over the youth locally and globally. Pray for the future generations to be strong and continue to glorify God. During the time of isolation, I can pour my heart more in scripture and prayer. I pray that somehow in this time of a crisis throughout our nation, we are still able to do what is called upon us and go and make disciples within the name of our Lord. Pray for the strength of our youth that we can continue a lifetime full of discipleship, guidance, and spiritual accountability for one another. During a crisis, we must not abandon our Creator and Father. Pray for the outrage and the paranoia to ease. Aid those in need of relief regardless of age, pray.