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Michelle Reyes, Ph.D., is an Indian American pastor’s wife, writer, and activist. She is also the Vice President of the Asian American Christian Collaborative and writes regularly on faith, culture, and justice. Michelle lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two kids. Follow her on IG @michelleamireyes.

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  1. Michelle thank you for sharing your heart. On the last year. It not been easy for anyone saved or not saved. Hospital not able to cope. To get a Doctor if you need one. You have to phone first then wait for the Doctor to phone you back. This is how it is were I live in Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh N.Ireland. Then tell the Doctor what you think is wrong with you. Then the Doctor will decide if they will see you or not. If have the internet and know how to send the Doctor a picture if you can send a picture of your systoms. For the Doctor to look at before phoning you back. Then they might see you. They may not. Just send you a script to your nearest chemist. If you need anything to make it better. Rather than seeing them in person. As like before you could phone up make appointment to see your Doctor in person. Which I feel is better. As most times if they can treat it what wrong with you. Without seeing you they will. Then Church you have to book your seat. I think that is wrong. I believe they should have the seats distance apart. If seats according to law. You sanitise your hands when come into Church and when you leave. If pulpit type seat. Put an X on were not to sit. Then the spaces without an X you can sit there. Go in one at time. You shouldn’t in my eyes have to book like booking a seat to go Church. To here the word of God. God is there all the times. You can talk to him anywhere anytime. Without making an appointment to see him. So Church in my eyes should be like that. If they wanted. They could have at Churches. Some one at the door to make sure you sanitise your hand on the way in. Show you were to sit. Before the service starts. Then on the way out if a different door from the one you came in through to go out by. Some one at it. To make sure you do your hands again. Just go out one after the other keeping your social distance as according to the law. Then everyone is kept safe and wearing your mask. But that is the way things are. Some are changing. Some not. It might not be for the better any of it. But we have to keep trusting in the Lord for everything. Thank him for every day he wakes us up to enjoy another day in his beautiful world. Praise him for it. Praise him you are alive. Like Psalm 118 verse 24. Do it every day. It says. “This is day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. ” Yes let us do that no matter what. Trust or Lord for everything. It reminds me of the story in the Bible. We’re Jesus fed 5000 plus people including the children that would have been there that day. Who came to here Jesus speak. The people that day didn’t worry about Germs. Even if Covid had been around then. They didn’t worry about it. As they knew in there heart of hearts. That the Saviour of the world Jesus would not let anything happen to them. The people didn’t care if the person who sat down on the grass beside them. When Jesus told the disciples to tell them to sit down on the grass. Had washed their hands or not. Nor how close they were to one another. They sat on the grass all them and ate when the baskets of food were passed around with fish and bread in them. As they all trusted and knew Jesus wouldn’t let anything happen to them. So I say in all this to do with Covid. Were is our faith? especially if saved. Trusting that he will take care of us. Not let anything happen to us. So I trust Jesus for everything. That he will take care of me. Not let anything happen to me. Meet all my needs. Like Phil 4 verse 19 says. My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory according to Christ Jesus. That means everything from money but not let me greedy with it. Just enough to meet my needs. Plus my health needs. So in that verse I don’t need to worry. Jesus will keep me safe. But it does not mean I will not get sick. But if that happens. I can trust God to heal me or used the Doctors to heal me. Hopefully I stay well. As had my time of being not well. Nothing serious. But in it all I trusted God no matter what. Like Prob 3 verse 5 & 6 says. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” How true that is. Thank you again for what you shared. Keeping you all incourage in my prayers. Love Dawn xxx

  2. It’s a beautiful Sunday morning. The sun is just coming up. And while this would typically be a good day and I would do the things I need to do to get ready to face the day, the thought of masking up if I choose to worship in person saddens me. The roller coaster ride that goes with this pandemic has taken a toll on my energy and mental health like it has with so many people. However, I think what has been my saving grace to get me this far is knowing that I am not alone. I have my faith that God is watching over me. And regardless of weather I worship in person or not, I have my faith family. I have always been fond of saying “this too shall pass”. It just seems like a longer wait with this pandemic.

  3. WOW…thank you for helping put me in perspective. I needed this today and now every day. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Michelle,

    I feel your pain. My prayer was that Covid would slow down last summer (2020) & life would return to somewhat normal. As we all know that didn’t happen. In the midst of all this we can glorify God by trusting that God knows best for us. Having the faith of a mustard seed & praying for things to change back to pre Covid days. I don’t sense that happening anytime soon-especially with another variant out there. All we can do is take life one day at a time & keep on praying & trusting.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Living in Houma Louisiana (Terrebonne Parish) with the results of hurricane Ida….there are a lot of unmet expectations.
    But in the midst of unmet expectations we have become or bumped into the hands and feet of Jesus. I have realized that my plans for me and God’s plans for me often look very different, I sometimes mourn the difference. But His purposes and plans are better, even when they come wrapped in brown paper bag packages with no bow. Yes there has been great destruction, but a greater sense of renewal, hope and comradery that we haven’t experienced in a long time. Unmet expectations can become stepping stones into something unexpected yet beautiful fashioned by the Creators hands. The Master Architect is creating a masterpiece in our unmet expectations.

  6. This is such a good word, Michelle! Thank you for challenging us to lay out disappointment at the feet of God, who is better than anything we could desire here on earth.

  7. Oh how encouraging to hear what’s in the heart of other Believers. If there has ever been a time when we can ask our Creator to take inventory of our hearts, it’s NOW.

    Being a Soldier on the Battlefield for our Lord has ups and downs, swerves and curves and only patience and a grateful attitude can position us for growth and development on this Christian Journey.

    Being a Disciple of Christ takes a lifetime. It’s a great calling ! ! !

    My desire is for Believers to see God’s Grace and Mercy active in their lives even now.

    God bless your steps and your decisions.

    Brenda

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