The US recorded its highest number of coronavirus deaths in a day after several days in which the death toll had fallen or was nearly flat.

The daily death toll was 2,405 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases, bringing the total number of US deaths to 26,033. At least 609,240 people have been infected with the virus in the US.  Despite the grim numbers, health officials have said they believe US numbers are leveling,  “There’s no doubt what we’ve seen over the last several days is a flattening out,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”  Still, officials are warning that states shouldn’t yet ease up on social distancing measures because a resurgence of the virus is highly likely once Americans begin getting out of the house again.
BUT here’s the rub.  Over 7,700 people die every day in the US under normal circumstances.  They die from smoking, drinking, inappropriate sexual activity, overeating, stress, distracted driving, suicide, and yes, murder etc.  If we want all this death, pain, and suffering to go way, then sin needs to go away.  And if we want sin to go away, then we need Jesus (Matthew 1:21).  Only He can rid our hearts of sin and its consequences (Psalm 79:9; Galatians 1:4).  Jesus taught us to pray, asking for deliverance from the sin and evil in our hearts and lives (Luke 11:4).
I’m encouraging all our church family to use this time of isolation to go into the presence of the Lord and seek His life changing transforming grace.  We need Jesus to be a personal Savior.  We need to so live that our lives will be a transforming agent in the lives of others who are dying without the blessed hope of an indwelling Christ and a blessed world to come.
Join us tomorrow morning (and each Sun, Tue, & Thu) at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for FIRST LIGHT, a time of devotion, prayer, and sharing as we seek our Savior’s face.