A long, long, long time ago before the modern-day methods of disease control, and scientific means of diagnosing an illness existed, there was a man who believed in a protection that no mortal man could render. His name was David, and he wrote in a prayer: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me ... “ That prayer still exists in the Holy Scripture; the 23rdPsalm.

I was overwhelmed by the memory of that prayer when I recently entered the doors of a store in Georgia and saw that everybody was wearing masks, and practicing social distance. I saw a friend of mine who was also shopping, but I could not greet her with our usual “hello” hug and invite her to have lunch with me just to “catch up.”

Usually I would exchange friendly conversation with the cashiers and managers at the store, but the social distance rule prevented such close interacting. Before the outbreak of the corona pandemic, I truly enjoyed shopping, looking for bargains, and comparative pricing, as well as eating out, but it seems that the corona pandemic, like all other illnesses and devastations has taken the little joys out of our lives.

My heart was filled with tears as I left the store.

As I drove home, I had a flashback of when, at 26 years old, I lay on my death bed. My mother called for prayer —and here I am at 73, still kicking!

From experience, I know that prayer changes things!

David was triumphal over many endangerments, and his faith in God to overcome his enemies and devastations is revealed in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible in the Book of Psalms, a collection of poems and prayers.

Later that day, I telephoned my “bosom buddy”, and, of course, our phone conversation was pertaining to the pandemic that we are all facing. We both agreed that, under the circumstances we all need to stay “prayed up.”

I wish that President Trump could declare a day and time of National Prayer. So that we can all congregate as a praying nation.

Let us pray!

In an expression of old school colloquialism: It don’t hurt none!

Frances Wooten

east Cobb

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