When I started these 365 days of prayer, I never foresaw the changes and the challenges we would face -as a world!- and the challenges that social distancing and being homebound would bring. I laughed at first that people would buy out all the toilet paper, thinking that reflected contemporary values, but my initial laughter has changed to tears as I contemplate those medical personnel on the front lines without adequate gear -masks and hazard suits- to protect them in the work they still show up for day after day.
And it is not only the medical personnel, but the grocery clerks, the long-distance haulers, the transportation folks, those state workers who show up to meet the insane demand for unemployment so that people can continue to feed their families and pay the rent while we wait out this time of isolation.
Stupid, I think, are those who don’t take this seriously, when people are suffering through infections they may or may not be able to fight off. To NOT practice social distancing is to put the young and the elderly at further risk.
Noble, I think, those who are reaching out to neighbors while maintaining the six-foot rule to do the extra shopping and helping with the groceries. When I walk the dog in the mornings, there are always neighbors who are glad to see me as we have conversations from across the street.
In short, life is weird and it will never be the same. This morning I talked to a friend in Berlin via ZOOM, halfway around the world, as she is launching her new book on her birthday of April 4, 2020. More and more things will probably be done via technology, at least until we know this virus has been managed.
Creator, guide us as we navigate these turbulent times. Amen