Many countries celebrate May 1st as a springtime festival or international day honoring
worker. The phrase “May Day” repeated three times, is also an international emergency
distress signal. Christians; however, in times of distress or suffering as well as
celebration and jubilation, “go to” is to call on Jesus.
The Coronavirus pandemic has descended upon the world without respect to ethnicity,
gender, faith or economic status. It has caused mayhem, disorder and death. This
“unseen” enemy gave no warning! What distress signal should we send out? To whom
or what can we depend for relief? The “May Day” phrase will not suffice! We need a
distress signal reverberating with hope of sure relief. We know, as Christians, in times of
joy or sadness our cry is Jesus. “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing
instant in prayer;” Romans 12:2
Jesus Christ is our advocate, our help and our hope. Psalm 145:18-20 “The LORD is
near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of
those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them…..We know having received
God’s Word into our lives, has directed us how to respond to traumatic, worrisome
situations that come upon us. We know to practice “good sense” and “God sense”.
Our hope and relief is in Christ Jesus. Our celebration and distress signal is one and the
same “Jesus”. We pray that “Jesus” will become the international celebration and
distress signal to give hope and save lives and souls for the Lord.
“Jesus”, call on Him night or day! “Jesus”, when rejoicing the goodness of our Lord or
beseeching His divine intervention. “Jesus”, the name to which one day every knee will
bow and every tongue confess. “Jesus”, cannot be confused with any other – the one and
We will get beyond this Pandemic. We have already seen many random acts of kindness
and people uniting together while “apart”. Further good will come from this plague as
people surrender and turn to our Lord for direction and relief and souls are saved.
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday may suffice for temporary relief; but, only the cry
of “Jesus”. will suffice for eternity.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye
shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
In times of distress or suffering as well as times of celebration and jubilation, our cry
Philippians 4:6 tells us: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
James S. Hall Jr, Pastor