Thursday, April 2, 2020

All People [April 4 Post Script]

is the meaning of the word PANDEMIC. This Covid-19 has made us all equal all over this earth... the great EQUILIZER. Yet those who will be most vulnerable to dying in the next years are the elderly already in poor health, first responders in close physical contact with patients and under the emotional stress of seeing so much loss of life, the poor living in unsanitary forced communities like refugee camps, workers of essential businesses and government agencies providing basic supplies and even more of those who have chosen to disregard the lockdown, recommended face covering and distancing mandates. In these ways we are NOT EQUAL.

What has LOVE got to do with it?
What has GOD got to do with it?

I am determined not to have these questions render me speechless. I am praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to fill this posting with the comfort and wisdom I so need at this time. I sit here at my computer on this second day of the latest 30 day lockdown. Friends and myself asking , "What will happen, will we get through this?'. Friends with children to raise with an uncertain future, others in there 80's anticipating their lives ending soon without seeing their children again and husbands driving trucks across country or partners working as first responders.

I suddenly felt overwhelmed by the courage I have seen in most to face each day. As a person who has easily given up many times to almost let go of my life for good, I know now when I see this courage in others, that THIS is LOVE.

This disease will by its nature, in its finality for some, tear us all apart from each others side, from each others hands, arms of comfort, of direct expressions of love. Even in the last breaths for those dying they will be totally alone. As a hospice caregiver, this is breaking my heart for the dying and the families only able to say their last words over a phone held by a compassionate nurse. In other places in the world, poor populations do not have these blessings. They will pass away, where they lay, with family or not, infecting others at the same time.

 With LOVE as the guiding force of my life and how I strive to treat others in my life, I will continue to be in awe and humbled by this powerful teaching GOD has for us all. I am loved by my creator and protector , no matter "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no[t] Psalm 23…..I am not alone and with this virus I am being shown my connection with everyone.

April 4 Post Script

I will turn 71 on April 5, 2020. I have lived a longer life than both my parents [56, 69]. In hearing this virus will be affecting how we live our lives for the next 2-3 years, I am feeling my vulnerability, with my age, being able to survive this pandemic. The vigilance on my part to do this will require me to maintain my mental and physical health and most of all my spiritual health.  I will be as vigilant as possible in my own environment. Most of all I promise  to keep close to my loving creator that awaits me, my hand is being held and I will be guided HOME.

The Lord is my shepard, he makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still waters, He refreshes my soul.....Psalm 23