By Susan Tinch
I don’t live here but I have worked in the rehabilitation program of the Morgan County hospital for the past 18 years. In that time I have come to know and love many of the citizens, some of whom I consider adoptive family members, many more friends.
My grandfather volunteered for WWII and stormed Iwo Jima with the third Marines. When I am afraid, I think of that 17 year old, literally in over his head. I also think of the Marine beside him who pulled him out of the ocean. I think of so many people from the Greatest Generation. Most of today’s younger folks are going to get through this with little more than a “COVIDcation,” but it is the young and working people who will make the biggest impact on whether or not our grandparents make it through this thing. We must, for them, take the recommendations seriously. Please, please, stay home unless it is a true necessity. Every one of us has the choice to join the effort, or by default do the enemy’s bidding.
Just as the entire nation came together to assist with the war effort in the 1940s, we each have a vital role today. The hospital would not be able to function if not for the farmers growing the food that we feed the patients, the truckers bringing our supplies, the factory workers who make the supplies, the gas station operators without whom we could not get to work, and all the others to whom we are connected and indebted.
Many of you are also in essential roles at your job and must go to work. I humbly thank you for your service, and beg of you to take every precaution you possibly can to prevent the spread of the virus while you work.
Working or not, every choice you make for the next few months, can have a dramatic effect on others. I thank you for every time that you choose to stay home, wash your hands, wear a mask, decontaminate, video visit, call, and especially pray.
The vast majority will be able to look back on this one day, but not all of us will. These could be my last days, they could be yours. I don’t want to live my last days in fear. I want my last days to be joyful. Fear typically comes from the unknown, and worry about the future. Our future on this Earth has never been certain, except certain it will end, today is no different. With recently highlighted value, how do you want to spend your precious time?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
I’ll see you on the other side of either this Pandemic, or the Great Divide. I am at peace with either.