Dealing with a pandemic crisis on this scale may be a first for us, but it is not a first for the church of God.  The church has been faced with far more severe situations, such as persecution.  That was the case for the believers to whom Peter wrote two different letters. It is interesting that in these last chapters, Peter spends time instructing both the leaders of the church and the church itself.  He is calling on both the church’s leadership as well as the church’s membership to be patient with one another in the face of difficulty.  God’s shepherds needs to be patient with His people who are fearful, and God’s people need to be patient with their shepherd as he tries to lead them through crisis.  Leadership is tough, whether it be in the church or a school or in civil government.  That’s why the most important thing we can do is pray for and support one another.