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A Minnesota mother’s timely message about choosing faith over the widespread fear surrounding the coronavirus outbreak captures the hearts of many.
Sheletta Brundidge, comedian and mother of four, has shared a video of her 6-year-old daughter teaching her brother a Bible verse to help quell his fear after seeing the hysteria on the COVID-19 news.
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“My son Brandon has crippling anxiety from his autism diagnosis,” she told Fox News. “We watch the news every day and he was watching it and soaking up all the fear and panic…it scared him so much.”
His sister, Cameron, noticed he was tensing and quickly grabbed his hand. Face to face, Bandon, 7, repeated after Cameron, sentence by sentence, as she said: “But God gave me not a spirit of fear, but power, love and a spirit healthy.”
His mother says she prays for everyone and remembered verse 2 Timothy 1:7 after learning it at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
The siblings hugged as everyone exclaimed, “Amen!”
“As the world fills up on toilet paper and mayonnaise, jars of pickles and bottled water,” Brundidge said with a laugh, “she realized — at age 6 — that only her faith was going to make it through. through it.”
When Cameron told her brother she wanted to teach him something that would stop him from being scared, the mother of three autistic children said that moment changed something for her and her family.
“Just from the mouth of one child to another child, it transformed the way I see it,” she said. “We don’t have to be afraid of this. There’s been worse. We just have to rely on our faith, take the precautions we need to take, and get on with living our lives.”
Inspired by her daughter, Brundidge wrote on Twitter, “Stop letting your fear of coronavirus outweigh your faith in God. Cry for blood, pray and wash your hands. Amen!”
She told Fox News, “We’re a family of faith. We just believe in faith and we believe in Jesus and we’re not afraid to say it. remember — it was just amazing and a blessing to me.”
The proud mum is releasing a children’s book about her called ‘Cameron Goes to School’ at the end of the month, designed to empower young boys and girls with autism and educate their classmates.
“I’m so proud of her,” Brundidge said. “She not only told him to believe in God, but she gave him a scripture, and not only that, but the right one.”
The comedian, who hosts the “Taking Authority Over Autism” podcast network on SHElettamakesmelaugh.com, said her favorite verse is “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”
“We choose to laugh. We choose to be happy, and laughter and joy have gotten us through many dark days before, so we aired this,” she said.
While her children are on spring break and other schools are closing, she said her house is full as she helps her neighbors, single mothers who have to go to work.
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“We have to stay away from each other.”