'I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord' (Romans 8: 37-39)
We are going to be separated from one another, physically, for a while now, in what will be a difficult and unsettling time for many, perhaps worse for some. One of the most regular refrains through the whole of scripture is 'Be not afraid'. Often we sail through life without fear. But suddenly we find ourselves in troubling times, all the more so because they have come on us like a thief in the night. But God recognises our fears. And those are words not of rebuke, but of comfort.
The Bible also reminds us that we walk in a dark valley. Most of the time, it somehow seems hypothetical. Except now, the valley is casting a deeper shadow. But it's a universal experience, and if we are encouraged to be not afraid, it's not because we're promised an escape from this valley, but rather because we have assurance that God is always with us, and will uphold us through the time of trial.
So as we pray for each other and support each other, let's do our stuttering best to feel the presence of God and to be not afraid. And keep in mind that 'in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.' (Romans 8: 36)