Everyone is talking about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are beginning to see an increase in walk-in requests to be evaluated for the virus, and fortunately we’ve not yet seen anything alarming, mostly common colds and a bit of flu. In the course of a normal day we sanitize our equipment and exam rooms constantly, and we continue to do so in the midst of this viral outbreak. We are monitoring daily the advisories released by the CDC and our Public Health Department, and are educating our patients about the precautions they should take to minimize their risk of getting the virus. We want to share that information with you as well. We are praying for the health of our community and country, and hope you too will ask God to protect us as this time.
It is easy to say “We are praying for you”, it is almost as automatic to the Christian as anyone else saying, “Have a great day!”. During this worldwide health concern, the power and effectiveness of prayer should not be taken lightly. Just yesterday, a friend of mine shared with me his story of being healed of four brain tumors. Yes, he received medical treatment, but he was also lifted up in prayer by hundreds of people across the US, including the staff of Good Sam Gwinnett. He was lifted up because he asked for prayer, that his brothers and sisters of faith would appeal to God on his behalf that a miracle would occur. It did. During our visit, Steve quoted these verses, 2 Corinthians 1:9-11:
Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
We are praying for you with earnest. If you’d like to experience that blessing in person, just drop in. We’re here for you. And if you would, please pray for us. Because of the number of people we interact with on a daily basis, our staff are at greater risk than most of coming in contact with the virus. Pray for our health and our endurance as we strive to serve our community well during this time.