“Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Genesis 4:9 (NIV)
This year, 2020, has given us a different perspective about things. We have seen the CORONA VIRUS spread around the world. Some people do not take it seriously. We have seen states close and then reopen only to have the virus wreak more havoc in our nation. Those that do not take it seriously choose not to wear masks. Others chose to have parties and go to the beaches and lakes over the Memorial Day and July 4th holidays. I recently heard of a city one area of which had a “Block Party” and had 600 participants.
As I initially write this, our nation has lost 138,649 lives. As I think on these numbers, I think of my cousin’s passing in early April. His daughter, who works at the nursing facility where he lived, also had COVID and was quarantined at the time he passed on and had to plan his service “long distance.” Each night on the news channel I watch, several of the journalists pay tribute to some of those who have succumbed.
As I sit here in my home, (I prefer to stay in as much as possible. I still have some issues with my ankle.) However, when I do go out, I wear a mask. Hubby has a supply of them in the console of our car. I see people who work in these places who have health issues. I talk to these people and feel I must try to do my part to protect them as well as myself.
Yes, we are our brother’s (or sister’s) keepers. In our community, we have numerous agencies that depend on people who are able to volunteer or to donate to help those who are unable to have food for their families, homes for themselves, and those who are in the process of turning their lives around.
Our governor here in Indiana has mandated masks to be worn by all over the age of 8 years old. This will go into effect this coming Monday, July 28th.