Follow-up on yesterday's blog
Monday, December 14, 2020
The experience in the Covid waiting room in the ER solidified my thinking on something. I believe that the greatest threat of Covid is not the threat to our bodies. I believe the greatest threat is the fear it engenders. That young man in the Covid waiting room was a Christian, but he did not have the spiritual resources to fight the fear. I suspect his story is being played out all over the world. And the press and the politicians are feeding the fear.
I have thought things through, and I realized that I have a couple days of freedom before my next quarantine has to start. The ER doctor said I am free of strep or other infection. I do not currently have Covid. The health department told me that it takes four days after exposure before a person is possibly a threat to others. So I have until Thursday to mail things and do another grocery run to prepare for this next period of isolation. And, to go to church on Wednesday night! All with mask, social distancing, and handwashing, of course.
As of Thursday mid-afternoon, my four days will be up, but I hope to be cloistered in my apartment no later than noon, just to make sure.
I have long felt that people with serious underlying conditions are wise to isolate themselves. And those who live with such people are probably also wise to do so. It just makes good sense. But for people who are basically healthy, I truly believe that cowering in fear in our homes is a mistake. It is a spiritual mistake as well as a practical mistake.
For older people like myself, who are healthy, the risks are higher. I do not fault people for choosing to stay in. But I choose to live my life! I am cognizant of the risks. And when I become a risk to others, then of course I will isolate.
I love to read the stories of the great saints of the church. Many of them followed the example of Jesus in going among the sick to minister to them. They trusted in God. They did not cave in to fear. Many of us have living memory of Mother Teresa. I don't know if she has yet been made a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, but she would be a perfect example of someone familiar who did this. There are many other examples, ancient and recent, in both the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
How is it that we are so fearful of this virus that we close down our churches? Some congregations stopped live streaming services when things loosened up a bit. I hope they have started up again!
I especially have great compassion for people who are living in long-term care facilities. My husband died in such a place. Even under normal circumstances, many of the people fight loneliness and despair. But now, they have had almost EVERYTHING that makes life meaningful stripped from them. They are isolated in their rooms. They have no activities, no exercise, no stimulation except a TV (some don't even have that). They can't have their families visit. They can't have their pastor visit. Most of them have no phone or computer. And they have absolutely no choice in the matter!
I know people who work in long-term care. They say that almost all deaths are reported as Covid deaths, whether the people had the virus or not. The facilities get extra money for Covid deaths. And perhaps some of those deaths WERE caused by Covid, even if the people did not have the virus. My friends report that formerly active people went downhill rapidly due to inactivity and lack of stimulation.
Fear has created a response that is focused solely on our physical safety. Is this really what we want? Is it a Godly response?
I do not think so. I know some will disagree, and that is okay. But as for me, if I live, I live to Christ. If I die, I die to Christ!