Facing A Crisis

As I write this post, the world is facing a growing health crisis.

The so-called “2019 novel corona virus,” traced to originate from Wuhan, China, is fast spreading to different countries, including the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, among others.

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Recent news tells us that in China, already hundreds have been killed and thousands infected by the new virus, where no cure or medicine is found yet.

Because of this, the WHO (World Health Organization) has declared the crisis an emergency of global or international concern.

Facing a crisis, such as we currently have now, is very psychological and spiritual.

We go through it. We’re called to stay calm and rise above it. That includes consciously not adding to or living in the problem, such as having unnecessary overreactions, panic attacks, anxiety, or outbursts.

People’s psychological and emotional reactions to crisis or threat can at times be overblown. They do more harm than good.

As one netizen put it, “Don’t be OA, just keep your self healthy and protected.”

While we devise a pro-active course of preparing for and facing the crisis, we breathe. We “fix” our thoughts and emotions to respond with hope, faith, and resilience.

Of course, we need a lot courage. It’s facing adversity in the face of fear. Those who have this respond safely, responsibly, and heroically to the crisis.

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us,” says Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and transcendentalist.

Pray, as well. God’s support and comfort are there to give us courage to rise above any crisis. With God as our strength, we need not fear anything on earth.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).