Greetings from the pastoral team!
These are truly challenging days as many of our friends, family, and neighbors struggle with dramatic and abrupt changes. Some are working from home. Others are finding themselves temporarily out of work. Some are wondering what's coming next. All are rightfully concerned. None of us should despair. We say this not because our trust is in our government, but rather in God who knows the end from the beginning. With the Psalmist we can also exclaim to God, "My times are in your hands..." (Psalm 31:15).
At the same time, we appreciate everything our local, state, and federal governments are doing to inform us, to educate us, and to help us implement measures to prevent, to contain, and to mitigate this viral threat.
To that end, the CDC and the New York Department of Health have issued recommendations to curtail the spread of this virus. Among these recommendation is the practice of "social distancing." For many of us this is a new term. However, the practice served our nation well during the 1918 influenza pandemic; the worst in recent history. In short, if we minimize our contact with others we will go far in limiting the threat that is at our doors.
We have taken the following actions:
Only a few weeks ago we were a nation at each other's throats politically. We were a polarized people. Today, unless we join together, this virus will infect our population on a greater scale...and this need not be. Isn't it encouraging to see the government pulling together and even partnering with the public sector? True, when the virus is in the rear view mirror, and it will be, so will the teamwork and partnering. Yet, we all will have learned that no one of us is any better than all of us!
Simplest is best...
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