This Illness Does Not Lead to Death
“The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’”
Never in my life have I felt I understood Ezekiel’s experience more.
It has been another very scary week.
The coronavirus cases have climbed and climbed until the U.S. has more than any other nation in the world.
We have watched as frontline healthcare workers struggle to do their lifesaving jobs while being catastrophically underequipped.
Most of us are in one of three situations.
We are either sheltering in place and working from home, trying to keep kids active and learning or bearing the isolation of living alone.
Or we work in essential services so we are risking contagion every day as we continue to do our jobs.
Or we have been laid off and are suddenly facing complete unemployment and financial freefall.
We’re looking at the dry bones of how we used to live our lives. Comfort, security, normalcy, predictability, even safety are like so many scattered skeletons around us.
And the terrifying thing is these are only the first of the dry bones that will fill our valley.Continue reading