This Too Shall Pass: An Encouraging Word to Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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This Too Shall Pass: An Encouraging Word to Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Editorial Note: The following is an inspiring email written by an educator, Renee Miranda, seeking to encourage her students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Compass Magazine staff shares her message in the hopes that other students will find encouragement, guidance, and solace in her words.  

Hello, my precious students! I woke up this morning thinking about Y’all. It seems that every institution, every business, every organization has sent out a statement regarding the Coronavirus. Being one that has many thoughts and opinions and rarely wastes an opportunity to share them with anyone that will listen (😉), I thought I would write a letter too. This is just a letter from me as an individual. This is not attached to school, so you can choose to read it if you like or don’t read it. It is absolutely your choice and will not have any bearing on your grade.

Yesterday I went to the grocery store, as I do almost every Friday. The shelves were empty, there was a feeling of terror in the air, and people looked dazed and confused. As I ran my regular Friday errands, I noticed that the parking lot of every grocery store I passed was full-like Thanksgiving Thursday night at 6 pm at Walmart-full. That is why I woke up burdened for you and the impetus for this letter. I see your struggle, and I pray for your discouragement.

Y’all know that I jokingly mention to you that I am 3 days older than dirt. Although I am not quite that old, I have seen a few things over the years. However, you do not have that same experience. Therefore, many of you are currently riddled with fear of the future and anxiety for today. In my adult years alone, I have lived through the fall of the iron curtain, the blizzard of ’93, the millennia change from 1999 to 2000, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, 9/11, the economic downturn (recession) of 2008-not to mention the personal things I have had to navigate through, such as the death of loved ones. These things remind me of this Coronavirus. There are only two choices as to what happens from here. Either this too will pass, or it is the end of the world as we know it.

If this passes, then we just go on with our everyday lives. Hopefully, we will have handled this difficult situation with grace for ourselves and others, as well as faith that the Lord has this under control.

The alternative is that this is the end. The end of what, though? A sin-filled world with stress, anxiety, the great atrocities committed to other humans daily, of sickness and death of the people (and pets) we love. I hope that there are many things that you like and love about this life too, though, such as the beauty of nature, our family and friends, the beautiful architecture and art created throughout the years (OK, that one might just be me.), but these things pale in comparison to what is in store for those that believe in God. My precious students, we have a Blessed Hope! It is good that you love these things that are a part of your life, but not more than Jesus. In the worst-case scenario, The Great Promise Keeper, King Jesus is coming back to get us. This has ALWAYS been the plan. This should always be our hope, our rock, our foundation, our guiding principle through which everything we think, everything we say, everything we do is filtered. If this is the end, it would mean that this great battle between good and evil is drawing to a close and our Maker and Creator is ready to begin the process of Re-making and Re-creating this sin-destroyed world and those of us that have chosen Him. We have a Blessed Hope!

I guess that is what the real question is: have you chosen Him? Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Do you personally have a Blessed Hope? He has already done the hard work of making this a possibility for you. All you must do is to choose to believe it, then choose to let Him guide you throughout life-however long it is. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about this. First, though, please talk to your parents about this. I am sure they would like to walk you through the process of choosing Jesus as the one you turn to every day, whether you are in the middle of a crisis or not.

Young people, be encouraged! No matter what happens next, nothing happens to us without it being sifted through the Father’s hands. Then when it does happen, the Great Promise Keeper says:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Here are some other encouraging verses:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9-10)

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. (Isaiah 26: 3-4)

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Remember always, my precious students, God is faithful and true and wants to be in relationship with you. Take your burdens, through prayer, to the one, the only one, that controls ALL things. He wants to bring you peace.

Be encouraged! His lovingkindness endures forever!

Mrs. Renee [Miranda]

P.S.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
To Him who made the heavens with skill,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
To Him who spread out the earth above the waters,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
To Him who made the great lights,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting:
The sun to rule by day,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
The moon and stars to rule by night,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
To Him who smote the Egyptians in their firstborn,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And brought Israel out from their midst,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
With a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
To Him who divided the Red Sea asunder,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
But He overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
To Him who smote great kings,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And slew mighty kings,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting:
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And Og, king of Bashan,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And gave their land as a heritage,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
Even a heritage to Israel His servant,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Who remembered us in our low estate,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And has rescued us from our adversaries,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
Who gives food to all flesh,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

(Psalm 136, NASB)

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Renee Miranda

Renee Miranda teaches high school classes online for Sycamore Academy and has been homeschooling her children for the last 15 years. She lives with her family in very un-plain Plainville, Georgia.