Hope…Not Hubris

As I was driving to my walk, this afternoon, I noticed a group of young men who were jogging…and not social distancing.  It is funny how I noticed this, now oddity, when not long ago the close pact group of athletes would have appeared normal and uneventful.  They ran with the unabashed abandon of the invincible.

‘Dozens of choir members became ill after a rehearsal earlier this month in Mount Vernon.  According to Skagit County Public Health, 60 members of Skagit Valley Chorale met on March 10.  Within several days, 45 members became ill, 28 tested positive for COVID-19, and 17 members did not get tested but had consistent symptoms.  Two people in their 80’s died.’   Q13 Fox

‘The city of Lynchburg is furious.

‘We had a firestorm of our own citizens who said, ‘What’s going on?’ said Treny Tweedy, the mayor.’

‘Some Liberty officials accuse alarmed outsiders of playing politics.  Ms. Tweedy has called Mr. Falwell ‘reckless.’  And within the school, there are signs of panic.’

‘I am not allowed to talk to you because I’m an employee here,’ one student wrote in an email.  But, he pleaded, ‘we need help to go home.’   New York Times

Have you ever gone cave exploring?  I did when I was a much younger man.  Caves are fascinating…they represent another and an unseen world.  A cave is so completely pitch dark, you can not see your hand before your face…until you light your lamp.  There are stalagmites and stalactites and flowing streams and dangerous drop-offs.  It is not unusual for a cave explorer…a spelunker…to become lost in the strange and dark world of the underground…and never finding their way out, again, into the light of the noon day sun.

Light is hope…darkness is despair.  The light that we have, that is illuminating our winding and rocky path through the 2020 pandemic is the advice of our medical professionals.  Our faith is essential…it is vital to our survival.  ‘But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.’    I Corinthians 12: 9-10   NIV

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birks, President Trump’s key health advisors,  predict up to 200,000 Coronavirus deaths in the United States…’if we do things almost perfectly.’  This is the best case scenario.

We humans have been united by a terrible force.  No matter if some of us feel so young and vibrant and in tip top shape…that we believe that we are invincible.  No matter if some of us have such a powerful christian faith that we are certain that God will protect us…in recognition of our zeal and religious fervor…we are all in this together.  What I do…affects you.  What you do…affects me.

What we are experiencing is a bit like the movie, Dead Poet’s Society, staring the magnificent Robin Williams, who played, John Keating, an English professor.  One of the memorable quotes of his character was, ‘And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.  But poetry, beauty, romance, love: these are what we stay alive for.’

Our lives, as dues paying members of the human family…must be guarded and protected and revered…if we are to ever hope for economic well-being!

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