|March 14, 2020: One of the first school closures in the country for Covid-19.|
January 19, 2020 marks when the first coronavirus victim was identified in the US in Snohomish Washington State about a 3 1/2 drive from “home.” WA State raised the alarm early about the true nature of the pandemic. Still, it didn’t take long to spread to the Portland metro area. Last week, nearly all schools on both sides of the Columbia river closed until late April.
|These are in scarce supply, Fortunately, most of the stores now keep sanitizers|
at registers for customer use. Photo credit Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.
|Currently not feeling 100 percent. Photo credit Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.|
|Even free stuff can cause anxiety. Is it safe?|
|A sidewalk mandala in the Sabin neighborhood where we just finished our house-sit.|
If there is only one lesson to learn from this pandemic (besides not hogging up all the toilet paper), it’s how much we are interconnected. Even separated, we’re all in this together. Most of us will survive. Our lives will change in ways we didn’t imagine. In the years ahead, what will we say when we look back at this period?
I’m not yet sure how I will be able to help beyond doing my part to do no harm. Maybe it’s simply acknowledging this is happening, then encouraging the importance of living our lives beyond it.
Prayer for a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those who are most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working at home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin of money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically
Warp our arms around each other.
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
–author unknown (posted to share outside a home in Portland’s Sabin neighborhood)
Coronavirus does not erase the beauty of springtime. Getting outside is still perfectly acceptable and even healthy. Reaching out to others, even digitally, is still connecting. Focusing on something other than the coronavirus is important, too.
My next post will not be on the coronavirus! If you must focus on the coronavirus beyond what you need to know to stay safe, please make your addition to this social distancing playlist (and thanks Deb Blakewood for finding an earlier version of this floating on the internet).
Meanwhile, take care.