"I Lost Pop!"
"....do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)
"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8 (NRSV)
Wright Peavy, from Georgia, relates how his two-and-a-half-year-old grandson would always say "I lost Pop!" whenever Wright had to leave the house to go to work. For the first few years of his life, he and his mother, Wright's daughter, were living with Wright and his wife, Lolly. Wright wanted to be with him as much as he could, and when his work took him away from him, his grandson worried that he couldn't find his grandfather.
That got Wright to thinking: Isn't it great that our heavenly Father is never "lost" to us? God never has to leave for a job or to take out the trash. We can pray at any time, and God is always there. What a comfort! Earthly fathers and grandfathers may disappoint us or not be near when needed, but God is always present.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remember your promise always to be with us. Be with those who feel abandoned or lonely. Be with those who have lost jobs or have gotten sick because of this virus, in Jesus' name, amen.