It is a hot and stormy day in Little Egypt.  I am seeing more face masks in Carbondale.  Southern Illinois had 100 new Covid-19 cases yesterday.  There were 23 in my county of Jackson.  As The Godfather said, ‘just when I think that I am out…they pull me back in!’  I wonder if 2020…will be the year that was not…

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I worry about the students returning to school in less than a month.  I fear for our university and the ramifications of the damage that has resulted from the pandemic.  If there was ever a time for somber and serious consideration for the health and welfare of our nation and world…it is now.  

Indeed this is the time and the season to care about each other.  To wrap ourselves in our perceived encyclopedic knowledge of what is right and wrong is a misguided method to safeguard the health and welfare of our loved ones.  

We have placed a great emphasis on knowledge…but little more than a cursory glance to developing wisdom.  For instance to disagree with someone should not be a clarion call for the verbal jousts to begin!  All of us are wrong and right…at times.  

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Planning is sketchy at best with our 2020 pandemic.  We all went about our merry way and were told, by some, that the Coronavirus was over…  Nothing could have been further from the truth!  

‘Where there is no vision, the people perish…’   Proverbs 29:18.  KJV

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I heard a doctor say that if you were told that if you took a pill that you could prevent yourself from contracting Covid-19…would you take the pill?

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There is little doubt that what we are in the midst of will affect our world for the foreseeable future.  ‘Newton’s third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.’  

We are traveling down a long tunnel that we cannot see the end of…but we know that it is out there!  

The sun is still shining and the birds are singing and our hope for the future is bright…as long as we realize that the virus is not political…just like faith is not political!  Empathy is the key rather than the demonization of those with whom we disagree.  We each come to our opinions from our life experiences and social interaction.  Often we distrust those in authority because we have been lied to by our elected leaders.  At times we fear religion because we have witnessed people who said one thing and did another…  The fact to remember is that we are all human and subject to fault and flaw and mistake…and sin.  None of us have the corner on the truth…all of us are seeking answers.  

As the saying goes, ‘No man is an island.’  Separately we are weak and needy and looking for the light…but together we are strong and take courage and lean on each other as we make our way back to Jerusalem…

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