A Battle With Ourselves!

Mr. Rodgers began his television program each day with the song, ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor.’  I experience the sentiments of the song almost on a daily basis…especially in the midst of our 2020 pandemic.  We had to travel to St. Louis, Missouri for a medical check-up, that we had postponed for three months.  The people that we encountered were so mindful of wearing masks and social distancing, including Cunetto’s House of Pasta where we had dinner last Thursday.  I took great courage in the number of tables that they had closed to facilitate social distancing…and more!  We stayed at the Drury Inn and their respect for the coronavirus was exemplary.  During the breakfast Friday morning there was no self serve and the eating utensils were plastic and wrapped in plastic as was the salt and pepper.  A person at the front desk poured our coffee for us and placed a lid on each cup.  The person was behind plexiglass.  We felt as safe as you can feel in our present situation.

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It is difficult to understand what is too done for many of our necessary functions.  For instance to open our schools in a month there is a need for serious money to be spent to assist our aged education structures to be prepared for re-opening…safely.  Simply telling schools to re-open or face the withdrawal of federal funds is not only not sufficient but an insult to the educators and students that so desperately desire to be back in the classroom.  

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The majority of our states have covid-19 numbers that are spiking in a dramatic fashion.  Even Illinois numbers are moving in the wrong direction.  Many of the states that are experiencing an onslaught of coronavirus cases are those that put in place business closures  late and opened them early.  There is an old axiom that says, ‘you can cut off your nose to spite your face!’  

I was visiting with some friends the other day…and we all agreed that the pandemic is not political or religious or a restriction of free speech…  The blunt social actions that we need to follow are all the tools that we currently have in our tool box to battle this life taking disease!  It really is not about my rights or your rights or freedom of action…it is about protecting your loved ones and your neighbors against a devastating illness…

From covid-19’s inception to the present is no more than six months.  It may seem like six years…but it is not.  I shopped in our local Kroger supermarket today and I was pleased to see almost all shoppers wearing a mask.  Contrary to some of our assumption…we are not experiencing a second wave of the virus…we are still in the first due to our belief that when the states restrictions were lifted that life had returned to pre-pandemic normal.  We cannot apply the old paradigm to this new virulent experience that none of us have been a part of in over 100 years!  Our conundrum required thinking outside of the box and adherence to basic social safety principles…religiously!  

We must not laugh at our teachers…in our sorrow and distress!  Our scientist and our medical professionals and our epidemiologist are our teachers…

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I always take great hope when I gather, virtually by Zoom, with our church board or during Sunday worship.  The thoughtfulness and the careful consideration of my fellow members of Session…inspires me!  None of us have the answers.  It is difficult to compile the questions…  But together…we are awesome!  

I have seen so much strength during this time of trial.  I have felt love during this social separation…  We must call on our better angels!  Why are we here in this time and in this place?  

It really is a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

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