What has carried you through this pandemic? What will you carry forward?
With the governor’s order lifting COVID-19 restrictions on June 30th, we have entered a new space as a community. What from these fifteen months will we carry forward into this new territory before us?
This virus has taught us, hopefully at the cellular level, that we are one family sharing a single planet and that what infects one can infect all. May we carry forward the awareness that our destinies are tied together and work for better local, state, national, and international public health measures.
While our destinies are tied together, COVID has not affected everyone equally. Health care access and vaccine availability have skewed toward richer nations and wealthier people within those nations. Yet it was poorer “essential workers” that insured crops were picked, trucks were driven, shelves were stocked, fast food prepared, and meals were delivered. May we carry forward the awareness that those who mattered most in the worst of last year ought to be matter equally this year.
When hospitals were swamped last year and healthcare workers were stretched beyond reason, communities rallied to express support of frontline workers. By physical distancing and masks, we were able to protect others so healthcare workers could do their life-saving work. With the Delta variant overwhelming hospitals now, the best way we can protect healthcare workers is to be vaccinated. May we carry forward protecting frontline workers as diligently today as in 2020.
Parents and caretakers recognize that as difficult as COVID has been for them, the effects on children and elderly are greater. Curtailed social interaction will have lasting effects on both. May we carry forward the commitment to walk alongside them and others as we re-socialize, rebuild, and renew our community. What has carried you through this pandemic? What will you carry forward?
Rev Sybrant has a Masters in Divinity, Social Work, and a Doctor of Ministry. For more information, visit us at 15050 SW Weir Road www.murrayhills.org | 503-524-5230