23 A person’s steps are made secure by the Lord
when they delight in his way.
24 Though they trip up, they won’t be thrown down,
because the Lord holds their hand. (Proverbs 37:23-24, Common English Bible)
I know, I am late again. I debated with myself yesterday and ended up not writing at all. I wanted to write today (Monday) but to this point (we will see how the rest of the day goes) I wanted to write but couldn’t think of a subject to write on, My mind kept going back to a personal situation. I kept falling asleep. All my mind wanted to do was, sleep. I fell asleep trying to write. I fell asleep talking on the phone. I fell asleep talking to Cindy. Not surprising, I fell asleep watching television. And, I fell asleep trying to read. Whatever I tried to do I quickly found myself asleep. Even when I finished a two hour nap, within 30 minutes I was asleep again. It was a day I found frustrating. How can I go to sleep when there are many things I need to do. As it turned out, its now Tuesday afternoon, late, and I am just now getting it posted.
Last Thursday afternoon I found myself sitting outside my doctor’s office. One of the nurses came out and swabbed my brain tissue through my nose. A half-hour or so later, I learned I was Covid-19 positive. My doctor said I was to spend the next 10 days in isolation. Cindy tested on Friday. She was negative, twice.
When I got home, we quickly went into scramble mode. We had to get worship planned. How were we going to do worship without the sanctuary, and without all the people we need for us to have a worship service? All the people? I can’t expose all them to this. How can we have worship without Jim, playing the piano. I thought, “While I can play the guitar a bit, I can’t play the piano at all. We need Jim. Besides, Jim plays piano better than I play guitar. Where would we hold this service? There were several logistical issues involved but we got them settled and Sunday the service came off pretty well until I accidently deleted the video following the service.
Friends, I want to say to you, let’s make sure to do this thing right. As just about all of us have, since March, I have thought about this virus, hoping I wouldn’t get it, oops. Things have been anything but easy. For things to go well for us, we need to take the virus seriously and we need to do it right. First, assume it is real. We may not want it to be real but if my cough (which preceded my positive test by a couple of weeks) and my fatigue are any indication, this thing is real and others have had it FAR worse than me. I have made the assumption of a real virus all along. I don’t see what the benefit would be to lying lying about it.
We need to have concerns for those around us, so please, wear a mask. I know that some people don’t want to wear a mask. I know they aren’t comfortable. They even argue that masks aren’t really valuable in giving me protection from the virus. I get it. I really do. And, I believe they are accurate, as far a that statement goes. I don’t think that me wearing a mask does that much to protect me from your germs. But, what it does do is, protect you from the germs I might be spreading. My mask protects you. And, if we all wear masks, we are doing the best we can to protect one another from this disease.
Jesus said we should “take up our cross and follow him.” What thing could we do to pick up our cross and follow in the ways of Jesus than to put a mask on our face and tell people, “Let’s all do what Jesus said.”
Further, if we are to overcome this thing, we will have to watch our Rest, practice good hygiene, social distance. I did all those things and still tested positive.
I would appreciate your prayers. I would like nothing better than to be back to face to face worship. The sooner, the better.
Seeking the Genuine,
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