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How would you complete this sentence? “These are ______________ times.”

Confusing?

Messed up?

Scary?

How about the word, extraordinary? Would you use that word to describe the reality that we are in right now? We find ourselves isolated and quarantined while we see life as we once knew it morphing in front of our very eyes. Our world is changing or, at least, it’s different in this season—introverts are flourishing in isolation, while extroverts are struggling; people are reconnecting with long lost friends virtually, while we are separated from our … friends. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve stopped watching the nightly news program because I don’t want to hear these words again — “Another record-breaking number of deaths in the last 24 hours…” But that’s the reality that we are living in currently.

Extra-ordinary.

As CU at HLS has strived to keep some normality and constancy in our gatherings-- albeit virtually--I’ve gotten a sense that our students are trying to make the best of a bad situation. But as some of our law students are now learning that their summer internships are being canceled due to the lingering impact of coronavirus on public gatherings and the economy, they are reminded that in extraordinary times we MUST turn to an extraordinary God who remains constant in the midst of swirling unknowns and life’s storms.

“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the LORD; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
My soul refuses to be comforted.
When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints.

Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion? Then I said….

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples…”.
—Ps. 77:1-3, 9-14

Extraordinary times bring out the need for us to turn to an extraordinary God, who has not forsaken us. Perhaps today is an opportunity for us to recall and remember the extraordinary faithfulness of our God, who is near and ever-present!

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary faith in an extraordinary God.

Thank you for your prayers and your continued support! Our students so appreciate you and find extraordinary joy in the knowledge that they are being lifted up in prayer!

Justin Yim
Christian Union Ministry Director
Coram Deo


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