by Seneca Moraleda-Puguan
The other night while I was scrolling through Facebook, one post shared in the mommy group I am a part of caught my attention. It was a news story about a Filipino family living in Dubai who lost their adorable one-year-old boy to COVID-19.
While I was watching the video, I felt my heart breaking and tears falling as the mother narrated their story. As she cried profusely, expressing the anguish of losing her only son, I could feel her pain as if I was in her shoes. When my husband watched it, he teared up too. We ended the night praying in tears for God to protect our children and their generation from the mutated variant of the virus.
When the pandemic started in 2020, the scientific community was confident that the children won’t be affected by the virus that much. But with the new strain that is causing another wave of lockdowns and rising cases, the children are not spared anymore.
The Delta variant proved to be much less discriminating, and it has led to more children being hospitalized. In the Philippines, there are already thousands of children who got infected by the virus and there’s no sign of stopping. Even in the United States, different states have also confirmed that there’s a growing number of children contracting the virus.
This is causing fear and anxiety among parents like us. With the children exempted from the vaccination, we can only do so much to protect them.
Our family continues to wear masks when we go outside, we stay away from crowded places and only go out when needed. But my husband and I believe that the best weapon we have against the virus, aside from the distancing measures and following government protocols, is prayer.
We trust that God is our covering and our protector. We know in our hearts that He is still in control and sovereign over all. We believe that the lives of our children are in His hands. Reminding ourselves every day of His omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience takes the rein off our hands and gives peace to our anxious hearts.
As we brace ourselves in this season yet again, I would like to stand with you in prayer for your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, and grandchildren. The enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy their lives and their future but Jesus has come to give them life, and life to the full.
Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves before You and acknowledge that You alone are God and there is no other. We declare that You are sovereign over all and You are still in control of everything that is happening in the world right now. We commit to you our children and their generation.
Father, will you protect them from the virus that tries to take away their future, their dreams, their destinies, their lives. Please protect them at all sides- go before them and go behind them. Please spare them from the ravaging effects of the virus.
And for those children who have contracted the virus, those who are in the hospitals fighting for their lives, Father we ask that You heal them completely.
By Your wounds, they are healed. Please restore their health, their energy and their strength.
For us parents, we ask that You guard our hearts with Your peace, comfort and hope. Assure us that You love our children more than we can ever love them. Encourage us that You hold our children in your hands and that we can entrust them to You.
We put our whole trust and hope in You because You care about us. Father, we pray that You will give us the grace to endure this season and the hope to see the end of this pandemic. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I hope that as you have read this, that God will breathe peace into your worried heart and hope to your hopelessness. I pray that the shackle of fear that tries to cripple you would be broken as you look above and call upon His Name.
Just like the Facebook post I read that brought hope into my heart, “Why worry with Delta when we have the Alpha and the Omega?” We can continue with our days assured that all is well.
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