Fear Not the Coronavirus

by Holly Capp • ELCA School Counselor

“Fear not, for I AM with you always” (Isaiah 41:10).  This well quoted verse has great relevance this week as we face the Coronavirus Pandemic.  But, the Bible gives us other exhortations that are equally applicable in light of this virus moving from across the ocean to now knocking on the doors of Henry County.  God says we are to “Be still and KNOW that I AM God!” (Psalm 46:10).  He goes on to say in 1 Peter 5:7 that we are to “cast all our cares on HIM, because He cares for us” and in Philippians 4:6-7 that we are to “be anxious for nothing “.  Finally, Hebrews 13:14-16 reminds us that “this world is not our home but that we look forward to a home yet to come” (NLT). 

In light of these reminders from our Holy Scriptures, we should duly note that the Coronavirus is not the apocalypse and that nothing can come against us without the foreknowledge and consent of God Almighty.  We should, however, live each day as if there is an urgency to share the Good News of the Gospel as if the apocalypse were upon us and as if today might be our last chance to share with our neighbors His great love for all of humanity. 

I read a recent quote from a letter that Martin Luther wrote to his friend, Rev John Hess, during the Bubonic Plague of year 1527.  He was instructed by Hess to flee the area in order to save his own life from this “Black Death” as it was known.  Martin Luther reseponded: “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, He will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

This quote from Martin Luther, though written a little under 200 years ago, is good advice for us today.  We need to be wise, yet we also need to be servant-hearted.  To accomplish either, we must be prayerful and studious of the Scriptures.  We must not be fearful, worrisome, lazy, or foolish. And we must never love this world so much that we exchange those things that are eternal for those that are only temporal and wasting away. 

As I said earlier, I don’t think that this virus is the apocalypse, but we certainly should live each day as if it were our last, Coronavirus or not. 

Please visit http://www.eagleslanding.org/coronavirus for points on what you can do, how you can pray, and other ways to prepare.

Support groups and personal counseling are being offered as follows:

  • 1st– 3rdgrades – Mondays at 10:00AM
  • 4th– 5thgrades – Mondays at 11:00AM
  • 6thgrade – Tuesdays at 2:00PM
  • 7thgrade – Tuesday at 2:45PM
  • 8thgrade – Tuesday at 3:30PM
  • 9th– 10thgrades – Thursdays at 2:00PM
  • 11th– 12thgrades – Thursdays at 3:00PM
  • Elementary parents – Wednesdays at 2:00PM
  • Middle School parents – Wednesdays at 2:45PM
  • High School parents – Wednesdays at 3:30PM

In order to register, send an email to Holly.Capp@eagleslanding.org by 8:00AM each morning of the respective meeting.  You also need to have registered in the Zoom Meetings app.  We will have the sessions via this platform.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Capp with questions.

Mrs. Capp is ELCA’s Licensed Mental Health Professional.  She holds a degree from Wofford College (BS Psychology) and the University of Georgia (Masters Social Work).  She has been licensed in the State of Georgia for Clinical Social Work since 1994.  She worked for over a decade at Atlanta Medical Center, where she assisted in the ER, Trauma and Intensive Care Units.  She also spent time working with Oncology, Neonatology, Psychology, and various other specialties.  In 1998, upon the birth of her first child, she limited her scope to emergency medicine and long term care units.  In 2007, she transitioned to ELCA as the school counselor. Mrs. Capp is also the director of the World Impact Program, which sends our students out on overnight mission and cultural exposure trips.Holly, and her husband Jac, have four children: Justin (Class of 2016), Isaiah (Class of 2019), Kristen (future Class of 2024), Hannah (future Class of 2030), two dogs and a cat. Her family have been active members of ELFBC since 1996.