Prayer #203: For Giving Thanks at this Juncture in the COVID-19 Crisis
It's been nearly seven months since the COVID-19 outbreak began in this country. So much has happened that is hard to recall how dire the predictions were at the onset of the virus's appearance. In a New York Times piece published two days ago entitled "A Dose of Optimism as the Pandemic Rages On," science and health reporter Donald G. McNeil, Jr. wrote that, while we are by no means out of the woods yet with regard to COVID-19, nonetheless we are in a much better place at this point in time than was originally forecast at the beginning of the outbreak in March.
"Since January," wrote McNeil, "when I began covering the pandemic, I have been a consistently gloomy Cassandra, reporting on the catastrophe that experts saw coming: that the virus would go pandemic, that Americans were likely to die in large numbers, the national lockdown would last well beyond Easter and even past summer, No miracle cure was on the horizon; the record for developing a vaccine was four years."
Initially, it was projected that 2.2. million people in the United States would die from COVID-19 by this point, the middle of October. Instead, deaths in this country from the virus stand at about 216,000. "Events have moved faster than I thought possible," McNeill continued. "I have become cautiously optimistic. Experts are saying, with genuine confidence, that the pandemic in the United States will be over far sooner than they expected, possibly by the middle of next year."
To be sure, the COVID-19 virus is still active, and we are seeing surges in a number of states. And many people have gotten sick, and many have died. But the impact of the virus and the proportion of deaths is much, much lower than predicted, and for that, we can be thankful.
As God's people, let us give thanks, even while we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, for God's mercies in sparing us from what could have been a much greater onslaught from this virulent disease. Pray for God's continued protection from the Coronavirus, and that He would indeed bring it to an end.
Matt. 11:28: "Come to me, all who are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."