It is a beautiful day in Carbondale and we are all a bit lonely. We are going on 6 months into our 2020 pandemic. We began strong…we thought that our health crisis would be over in a short while. We experienced a stay at home order and social distancing and extended hand washing…and the safari for toilet tissue… We had Covid-19 fatigue and it was not yet summer… Now we are entering the new School season…and we are scared! The virus infection rate is worse now, in my neck of the woods, than when we first began. Many of our businesses have first closed only to reopen and subsequently be forced to close again. We need to see each other as family…we need to redefine ourselves and our role in helping each other through this unprecedented experience for our lifetimes!
I was moved when I watched a local news program regarding one of my fellow Presbyterians, Lance Forsberg a second grade teacher at Thomas Elementary School in Carbondale, who built work stations for his students that will facilitate them maintaining social distancing. In a television interview he spoke of his joy in building the work stations and the thoughts that he was aiding in keeping ‘his kids’ safe.
Our church board met earlier this week and pastor Kerry spoke of beginning to write another play for our congregation to participate in. I so enjoyed the first play that he wrote not long after becoming our pastor. It was an awe inspiring vehicle in bringing our congregation together in light and love and laughter! He is writing it to perform on Zoom. I believe that he will make it work seamlessly and it will be an encouragement and a beacon of hope.
Countless nurses and doctors are working non-stop to save the lives of those who have contracted the Coronavirus. When our grandfathers and grandmothers…and our mothers and fathers…and our sons and daughters are sick and lonely for their family to comfort them…they look into the compassionate eyes of these masked heroes!
When I was a lad I enjoyed watching the TV show, The Lone Ranger, where the masked man, portrayed by Clayton Moore, and his partner, Tonto who was acted by Jay Silverheels, fought the bad guys and helped the needy. Often when things looked the bleakest the duo would find a way to avenge those in distress and make right what had been wrong. As the Lone Ranger rode off into the sunset someone would often ask, ‘who was that masked man?’
‘The show was a huge hit–the biggest show on ABC, the last place network. Moore and Silverheels took their place as role models seriously and often cited the Ranger’s creed, which included: To have a friend, a man must be one; all men are created equal; and everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. ‘God put the firewood there, but that everyman must gather it and light it himself, a man should make the most of what equipment he has, that this government of the people, by the people, and for the people’ shall live always…’ Andy Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter