A message from Rev. Dr. Komlan Ezunkpe
for the members of the Presbyterian Immigrants Coalition USA
and its affiliated communities in the world
Brothers and sisters in Christ, Greetings.
As we pray for one another and for all God’s creation in these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are invited to break the line of transmission of the virus. That means to observe strictly the restrictions and advice given by health authorities.
The pandemic has already profoundly touched some of you and will touch other people in the days to come. The loss of lives in our communities and our families may be more than we are presently able to bear. We pray for all those who have lost loved ones to this virus. We pray for their consolation. And we pray that these losses increase our collective commitment to each other.
In the face of this challenge, fear and even panic is a common reaction, and selfishness often pushes solidarity aside. I pray for you with the words of the psalmist:
"God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble— more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earthquakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing, waves cannot erode our faith in you. (Psalm 46:1-3)
I pray that our living and loving God will calm our fears, and stop any rising panic so that we can be able to focus on what we can do for one another.
Your Servant in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Komlan Ezunkpe, Pastor