Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Pastor Jack Graham, of Prestonwood Baptist Church, that amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jesus is the “support you can lean on that will always be there for you.”
According to The Christian Post, Abbott met with Graham during the church’s online weekend services. He talked about how Jesus has been instrumental in his own life and how he’s learned how to rely on him.
“When I was just 26 years old, I suffered, literally, a back-breaking injury,” Abbott said, of the accident that left him paralyzed.
“It’s a test of your faith,” the governor said. “Why would God allow something like this to happen?”
“But,” he added, “very importantly, I found in the aftermath, that I continued to reach out to God. I found God reach back out to me. And my relationship with God and Jesus Christ grew even closer after that accident.”
Abbott announced last week that he will begin to reopen Texas in phases in the next few weeks. He said he would work with experts on how best to handle the reopening. As part of the announcement, Abbott also said students in Texas would not be returning to school this semester.
"One thing we know is that people really want to get engaged in the world again ... it could be going to church, going to work, play activities," Abbott said. "People are tired of being stuck at home and they want to get back out. Texas wants to lead the way in opening our state back up."
“The growth of the coronavirus in Texas is slowing by people staying at home, by people reducing interaction with others,” he said. “God’s hand is working through the scientists across this great nation by coming out with fast, innovative drugs that would lead to therapeutic remedies.”
Graham told Abbott the church is praying for “the greatest comeback that we’ve ever known.”
“As a church, we believe that God is at work in our moments of crisis and He will see us through this pandemic,” he said.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.