by Guest Blogger Marilyn Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His continence.

I have numerous daily devotional books on my bookshelf that I read on a periodic basis. One is “31 Days to Contagious Living” by R. Larry Moyer. I decided to read this during the month that I am sheltered in place due to a contagious virus. I read this book on previous occasions but this time I experienced new messages and assurances.

The dictionary states something is contagious when it is spread from one person to another by direct or indirect contact. The author of the devotion notes: “People whose lives become contagious are not those who always have the right things happen to them, but those who have the right response when the wrong things happen.” In his prayer he suggests we “Take a moment and thank God for the hard times you have experience.” (Pages 36-37).  The title to Day 16 meditation is: When we go through hard time, God does not promise answers, but He does promise His presence. The scripture reading for that day was Psalm 23.  Moyer states that when contagious Christians experience hardship, other can see how near they are to God – and how very near He is to them. His prayer invites us to “Ask God to help you use the hard moments in your life as stepping-stones to know Him better and to experience His presence in a greater way than ever before.” (Pages 58-59).

Prayer: Dear Father, you showed your love for me by dying on the cross for my sins. Help me to be a contagious Christian and share your love directly and indirectly with everyone I meet. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.