May 2020

Thoughts From My Porch 

Dear Immanuel Crosby Congregation & Friends, 

Love each and every one of you, and I miss seeing my church family! A friend on facebook shared parts of this with me and I felt it was worth sharing. 

The official lockdown started on March 23 and will likely end May 1st. That is exactly 40 days. The Latin root of the word quarantine is “forty.” 

So, what does the Bible say about 40? The flood lasted forty days, 40 years Moses fled Egypt, 40 days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments. The Exodus lasted 40 years. Jesus fasted 40 days. A woman was to rest for 40 days after giving birth. 

Even today, optimum number of weeks for human gestation is 40 weeks. 

A group of theologians think the number 40 represents “change.” It is the time of preparing a person, or people to make a fundamental change. Something will happen after these 40 days. Believe & Pray. Remember, whenever the number 40 appears in the Bible, there is “change.” 

What will be our “change”? Know that during this “quarantine,” rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution and most importantly, people are turning to Christ. 

May these days of “quarantine” bring spiritual liberation to our souls, our nation and to the world. I know everything will not go back to where it was, and we will all hopefully be “changed”, more connected to our Heavenly Father, more connected to each other and live with more grace and mercy in our lives. 


Love and Blessings, 

Elaine Karel 

Member Ministry