Special day of prayer and fasting

I submitted this to the Peninsula Daily News but I guess they decided not to publish, so I thought I’d share it here.

I’m 49 years old. In my lifetime, the closest thing that I can relate to today’s COVID-19 pandemic, is 9-11. The world as we knew it had changed. The loss of life was heartbreaking. The uncertainty of the future made everyone uneasy.  Then something incredible happened. People turned to God. The nation came together. I had never felt the need to pray so fervently. 

Fast forward to today as we have a global pandemic. Currently the loss of life globally is almost 10 times the loss of life of 9/11. Yet, I don’t see the nation turning to God. 

Sunday we cannot gather at church, but our congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be holding a special day of fasting and prayer in our homes, asking God to bless and inspire our leaders to combat COVID-19. We will pray for those suffering from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic impact of the coronavirus. We will pray for relief of this global pandemic. 

In fasting we will abstain from eating for two meals. We take that money, (more if we can), and give a generous donation to the church for the poor and the needy. Also, we can designate some money to go to a humanitarian fund which is used globally. 

Whatever your faith, please consider joining us in this special day of fasting and mighty prayer this Sunday, March 29, 2020. Pray for heaven’s help and blessings. Take the money that you would have spent on those two meals (or more if you are able), and donate it to some reputable charity that can help those affected by COVID-19.

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