We were about to watch an episode of our favorite series when I got his text: “Hey, you might not have heard from my wife in a while…”

COVID-19 changed everything in my everyday life. For the past few weeks, our dining room has turned into our classroom. Every morning I sit at one end, teaching my high school classes. My ten-year-old daughter sits next to me, diligently doing her online homework. Across the table, my eight-year old son is battling his disgust for homework. He’s running in and out to the garden to do some somersaults on the trampoline before doing the next small writing exercise. The love and respect he feels for his teacher is winning that battle every time, and at the end of the day, his tasks are all finished.

Oh, I love to have my kids so close every day!

Up until yesterday, COVID-19 was having an impact on my daily life, and a much greater impact on my country. But since yesterday it has started having a great personal effect on me, too. “She was admitted to the hospital and was brought to ICU this afternoon. We are waiting for the test results. She is in an artificial coma and she is on a breathing machine…”

It was like someone punched me in the stomach. My friend, in her thirties, my sweet friend. I know she is safe in God’s hands, whatever the outcome of this disease may be. But oh, my heart hurts so much to think about her, being all alone in that hospital bed.

My friends, God is good. In life and in death. In sickness and in health. In our joy and in our sadness. He will guide us through our night of struggles and sorrow. In these dark and silent days, I’m praying God’s Word over my sweet friend.

“The one who lives in the shelter of the Most High, and resides in the protective shadow of the Sovereign One . . .He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall” (Psalm 91:1,4).

 

Willemien van der Weyde,

Dutch Language Branch Team – The Netherlands

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