May 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear ORM Reconcilers,

In my March letter, I focused on the way the world came together following the death of beloved basketball player Kobe Bryant. Little did I know that my May letter would be about a health crisis that would once again bring the world together, without respect to color or age. The entire globe has been shut down.

These days I spend my time watching the news to see If I am doing the best things to protect my family and others. I always come away with such disbelief as I consider the way this virus has shut down the country while we remain quarantined in our homes with no sports to enjoy.

I’ve asked a number of people what have they learned from this experience and I would like to share their responses with you. Perhaps you’ve heard similar comments:

• We need to have patience and be kind to each other.

• I am trying to hold on to my faith.

• Treasure every day and remember that each person is precious.

• Getting along with your family is most important at this time.

• Here today but gone tomorrow.

• I don’t worry; I do my part and trust God to take care of me and my family.

• This crisis has given me a chance to examine my life and see what is most important.

This is a very stressful time but our hearts are filled with joy as we see so many people coming together to help each other. At the same time, there is so much sadness as we see many young and old people losing their lives or their livelihood, going hungry, losing their jobs and the financial stress that comes as a result. Many people are feeling lost and all alone.

We want to thank all of the people who have become our heroes, folks we sometimes take for granted: doctors, nurses, fireman, teachers, postal workers, police officers, grocery store workers, and so many more. We also want to applaud all of you for the heroic ways you have stepped up to help your family, friends and neighbors. This is what reconcilers do.

Psalm 34:4 states, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” As we move forward, keep this verse in mind: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2

Thank you for praying for me, my family, and the ministry we share. You and your families are in our prayers as well. I love this quote: “When fear knocks on the door, send faith to answer it.”

Blessings and stay safe,