We do not have to look far for an account of fear or panic or greed surrounding the current pandemic. However, the more that I look, the more love that I witness. Jonathon and I attended our Session meeting, earlier this week, and I was overwhelmed with the love and concern that each member of the group had for their fellow church members. They had to make some difficult decisions, due to the Coronavirus, and they did so with only the health and well being and, continued spiritual growth of their brothers and sisters in mind.
I read, with much sorrow, that our friends at S and B’s Burger Joint, that is housed in the mall here in Carbondale, are out of work. Nikki wrote of her love for her colleagues and the camaraderie that they shared. She always made Aaron and Jonathon and Mary Jane and I, so welcome and at home, with her charismatic personality and kindness. We must step up and help our waitresses and waiters in this time of economic devastation, that they are experiencing.
I was proceeding to the check-out line at Kroger’s Supermarket when a lady, who did not appear to be much younger than I, invited me to go before her and in turn did the same for the gentleman that was behind me. She did not have an abundance of groceries…she had love.
Italy has been devastated by COVID-19. This morning I rejoiced when I saw a photo of two men on their separate balconies and one was reaching over with his coffee pot to pour the other person, a cup of coffee into his waiting mug.
We are separated, for a short while, by health necessity…but we are united in our love for our human family.
‘Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does. not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.