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shamrockDear Family,
How strange it feels to be writing this Twitch and wondering how, when and where you are likely to read it, if at all. I‘m writing on Tuesday the 17th. Goodness knows what will be happening by Sunday. At least I can rely on St. Patrick to guide me with some Irish brilliance – or failing brilliance, good old luck. (I’m extremely prejudiced on my mother’s side. County Mayo is sacred ground, even though there was a time when the rest of the Irish would say, “Mayo! God help us! Probably dates back to the hardships of the 19th century potato famine.)

Still, there is this:

Please note there are four leaf clovers in the three-leaf shamrock. Maybe that means Irish is really lucky Otherwise, already I need to see some medical person regarding my ear lobes. They are getting really sore since we are playing a lot by ear.

As I watch the coverage of various elements of the ongoing COVID-19 story, how grateful I am for doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders who go over and beyond. And their work has just begun... We need to promise them our prayers and support with prayer for good civic leadership as well.

One thing I have learned is the real need to “flatten the curve.” In other words, by doing our very best at following the clear and simple directions for washing hands and giving space to each other, we can stop the disease from peaking so quickly that it is impossible to give the treat¬ment to critically ill folk in need.

I know that the prospect of literally months of being super-careful will get very old. As members of our high-speed American culture, we want instant solutions for everything, NOW! It’s not going to work that way.

I found this in the letter of James, 5:7.

“Be patient, therefore, brothers (and sisters), until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.”

That’s not a pious platitude. Think about it. What we read in Scripture is Spirit-filled. Often the words are culturally couched, but the Spirit comes through if you let it.

What could be a better example of a time for mutual encouragement than in the situation in which we find ourselves?. I hear James saying that there will be an end to what we are going through, and the Lord will bring us to a good end, a crop of healed people. Stuff happens when you are a farmer. Some of it not good. Still, there is the hope and promise of a good end, and that’s what we depend upon now.

All over our country there’s a sense of fear that comes from the unknown. Hear Donna Shalala: “Fear is a virus, too.”

Recall Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inauguration speech on March 4, 1933. In the deepest part of the great depression he said, “...let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” I never read the whole address until now. I highly recommend it.

Stay well,
In Jesus,
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