With the Coronavirus pandemic and quarantine leaving people feeling lost over the last month, it’s been a light at the end of the tunnel to see encouraging stories in the news.
From positive progress in vaccine creation to celebrities giving full-on concerts on Instagram live, there is plenty of positive COVID-19 news to help keep us positive.
Today we are sharing 5 stories that we found encouraging and fun! We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
1. NBA Star Steph Curry and Wife Ayesha Host Live Worship Services on Instagram
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry, launched an Instagram account called “Home and Hallelujah” this past week to offer live worship for people all across the world.
They’ve brought on stars like Kirk Franklin, Francesca Battistelli, Jeremy Camp, Lecrae, and many others to worship God in front of thousands.
While in-person concerts might be canceled for the foreseeable future, the Curry’s are providing a platform for the entertainment we all love and miss.
Not only have they had worship leaders and artists on their lives, but they have also invited pastors to share some encouraging thoughts and prayers as well.
One of the pastors they had on, Mike Todd, the pastor of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, thanked Curry for “actually being the minister in your sphere of influence.”
“I tell people all the time God shut everything down to reprioritize people,” he said. “Literally shut everything down. And I wish it would’ve happened in different circumstances, and I hate all of the loss that’s happening right now, but I always look for what God is doing in the moment when it looks like God’s not doing anything.”
2. Virginia Lieutenant Sings “Amazing Grace” While First Responders Salute Nurses
SALUTE. On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the Newport News Police Department, Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, EMS/Rescue and Park Rangers surrounded Riverside Regional Medical Center with their trucks, squad cars, motorcycles and ambulances to pay tribute. With their lights and sirens on, and “Amazing Grace” being sung for all to hear, these brave men and women in uniform stood in salute to the brave men and women in scrubs working on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.
Posted by Riverside on Thursday, April 9, 2020
Last week, first responders from the Newport News Police and Fire Departments surprised their local hospital nurses and doctors by saluting them while raising an American flag.
In a touching performance, one lieutenant sang “Amazing Grace” while the rest of the first responders saluted the hospital workers.
“This is our way of saying THANK YOU for a job well done and for standing strong in the face of this pandemic,” the police department wrote on their Facebook page. “Every day they are working to save lives while risking their own.”
3. On Easter Sunday, Dolly Parton Performed A Powerful Rendition of ‘He’s Alive’
He’s Alive! Happy Easter 💗 pic.twitter.com/3wsbAy9bEp
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) April 12, 2020
On Easter Sunday, Dolly Parton, the 74-year-old singer-songwriter, shared an acoustic version of her song ‘He’s Alive’ to social media. The song, which she usually performs with a large choir, tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
“This year, we’re gonna kinda stay around the house a little bit, right?” she said before singing. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t worship in the same way that we should, because we don’t have to go to a building, to a church to worship God. The kingdom of heaven is within, and so let’s just do that this year. There’ll always be pretty dresses and hats and shoes.”
She also encouraged viewers to hold tight to their faith adding, “I think God’s in this, I really do. I think he’s trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love. And I hope we learn that lesson.”
4. An 84-Year-Old Grandpa Praises God After Beating Coronavirus and Reuniting With Family
In a sweet video shared to Instagram, millions of people all across the world were able to watch as a grandpa reunited with his grand-daughter after batting and beating the coronavirus.
“Yes, it’s really me!” the grand-daughter said as he approached her, adding “I’m so happy to see you! God be praised!”
5. Cartersville Medical Center Nurses Gather On the Roof of the Hospital To Praise God, Singing ‘Waymaker’
A few weeks ago the above video went viral after hundreds gathered around a medical center to cover the workers in prayer.
“It’s hit close to home, a lot of people have been affected by this, we’re just ready to see it go,” said Camden McGill who was one of the people that created the “Circle of Prayer.”
“I’ve never been more proud to work here in all the years I’ve worked here, the community outpouring is unbelievable,” said Michelle Anderson, who has worked at the hospital for the last 26-years.
According to the World Meter, the United States now has over 600,000 cases of COVID-19. Please join us in praying for the safety and well-being of people all over the world. Have you seen any positive news stories recently that made you smile? Leave a comment below with your favorite!