Social Distancing

It’s amazing how our world has changed in a matter of weeks. We all know the 10 commandments but now we suddenly have a new set of commandments. They are front and center in our minds. Here are the new rules—

  • Practice social distancing (6 feet or more apart).
  • Wash your hands (all the time).
  • Stay home (if you can).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask in public.
  • Don’t touch your face.

I watch the daily reports from Washington as you probably do—so we hear the rules every day. Honestly every time Dr. Fauci (The Infectious Disease Guy) says “Don’t touch your face”—do you know what I want to do? TOUCH MY FACE! Further, this social distancing stuff sounds good and they say it’s working, but it makes it hard to do certain things these days like get a haircut. I don’t know a hair stylist with arms that long. My hair is starting to look a lot like it did in the 70’s—Groovy! And what about all this washing of hands? They say it works too but my hands look dry, cracked and a lot older than the rest of me! Oh well, no one ever says the hands are the first to go…

I suppose in recent weeks we have all experienced our own highs and lows. The low for me was when I got up one morning early in this, read the list of “Essential Workers” and I found I didn’t make the cut. Yeah, pastors weren’t on it—bummer! Okay, I don’t mean to be sensitive but I noticed my garbage man who picked up my trash later—he made the list! That was humbling! God bless him because we sure need him! Perhaps, I stayed in school too long. That was my low, but let me tell you my high. Several weeks into this crisis, Amazon Prime showed up at my doorstep with a box of beautiful toilet paper and that was the happiest day of my quarantine! I almost cried with joy! I texted my wife Rhonda with the message, “Our ship has come in!” I took pictures so I could share this moment with the rest of my family. That memory will never be wiped from my mind! (Sorry)

So let’s admit it. Our world has changed in recent weeks and we all miss a lot of things we have always enjoyed and don’t like some things we are forced to endure. Truly, there’s still some seriously scary stuff out there and we need to keep praying for others, practice being careful ourselves and all be trying to stay healthy. But don’t let all of this drag you down or cause you to lose heart! God will get us through this and remember in the midst of this, sometimes you need to laugh to keep from crying! Yeah, with all of the new rules you have learned, add this one to the list: Don’t forget to smile, laugh and spread cheer to others. Scripture says, “A merry heart is good like medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). Or like Reader’s Digest says, “Laughter is good medicine.” This medicine may not cure the coronavirus, but it will sure help us to make it through all of this! I hope you will remember this! Now I need to end this so I can get up and go wash my hands…

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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