Hey, all! This week, I’m going to be doing something a little different.
People who know me are aware I have an obsession with infectious diseases, pandemics, immunology, anything that has to do with germs and how to track them, as well as how the body fights them. These are scary times we’re living in right now, and I’m tracking everything as carefully as I can.
To those of you who say that this is not a big deal: it definitely is. There is an ancient Hebrew proverb that says to “use wisdom and knowledge in all things.” Well, it’s time to take that proverb to heart. Knowledge says that this virus poses a threat, and doesn’t always discriminate against age and immunosuppression. Therefore, wisdom says that we must do everything we can to hinder its spread. Distance yourself, do not congregate together. There are ways that you can still see each other, have meetings and go to church while staying home. Video chat with your friends and family. Have virtual meetings. Watch the live church services on Facebook. Above all things: be wise. This will only last for a season, but the more people who use wisdom that complements the knowledge we have of this virus, the quicker this despairing season will end.
The worst of it may be to come as far as the current pandemic is concerned, but I will say: we will get through this. As a species, we’ve survived all of the pandemics and plagues in the past and this one won’t be different. From the Plague that ravaged through Europe in the twelfth-century to the influenza pandemic of 1918 to the current HIV global pandemic, we’ve gone through a lot. But, we’re still here.
Through our knowledge, compassion, innovation and faith, we will get through this crisis. We cannot let this novel virus break our spirit. Through knowledge, we are quickly developing protocols and treatments. “Necessity is the mother of innovation” is a very true statement, and countries are working around the clock to improve testing, develop treatments and even working on vaccines. Imagine the potential breakthroughs in science, medicine and healthcare this crisis can provide once it’s all over.
Through compassion we can make our communities a better place, even in the midst of this global pandemic. It warms my heart to hear that young people are getting necessities for their elderly neighbors, or that priest that gave up his ventilator to save another life. Those are the accounts that restore my hope for humanity. m
With compassion and knowledge together should come innovation. You see automobile manufacturers converting their operations to make ventilators. You see clothing manufacturers making masks. You see doctors and scientists collaborating in a way that we’ve never seen before between organizations, even between countries. Just think about how awesome this will be when this crisis is over!
Last, but certainly not least, is faith. Faith is a powerful force that we must keep holding on to. Mankind is God’s greatest masterpiece, no other thing in heaven and earth can make such a claim. It is through faith that we can break through the clouds and soar in the bright, blue sky. The sun will shine through soon, just keep the faith and grab onto hope.
My favorite song we sang in choir class in middle school was Inscription of Hope. The words of the song were taken from an inscription written on the wall of a cellar in Nazi Germany. The truth of those words resound today: I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining. I believe in love, even when there is no one there. And I believe in God, even when He is silent. I believe through any trial, there is always a way.
The sun will come out. Love will abound. And God will speak. This storm will have an end.
So keep fighting the best way you can. Through the physical act of social distancing we can spiritually and emotionally come together in solidarity. We can fight this thing together! ***Also be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face.***
As for my book series: stay tuned for a big announcement next week! Until then, stay healthy everyone!