Reflections on This Pandemic
I am tired of this pandemic. Is anyone else with me?
Whoever thought eight (8) months ago that we would be facing another round of surge of pandemic infections? Oh, I remember now. Dr. Anthony Fauci did.
He warned us back in March that we will be facing another surge in the fall. He stated that if we did not follow the protocol early on, social distancing, wearing masks, and shutting down people gathering in large numbers, this pandemic would go on for a long time, and hundreds of thousands of people would die unnecessarily. Well, Dr. Fauci, you and science were right.
Worldwide there have been more than 45.3 million people infected and more than 1.2 million deaths. These are staggering numbers. The good news is that more than 30 million have recovered, but the bad news is that more than 15 million people are still sick, and the new infection rate is only growing.
The U.S. now has more than 9 million infected and more than 230,000 deaths. On Thursday, October 29, the U.S. had the highest number of new cases in a single day since the pandemic began, 90,728. It is estimated that by early spring, there will be more than 500,000 deaths. To put this in perspective, this is about the population of the state of Wyoming (578,000). It is as if we wipe a state entirely off the map. The U.S. has shown the world how not to deal with a pandemic.
In the midst of illness and death, we are responding as people who follow Jesus.
We have responded to the community's need that has arisen d
ue to the shutdown of the economy. While we have been involved in feeding more than 50,000 people since this began in March, we see the need grow. Our volunteer workforce has grown, and more people are joining us each week. Each week volunteers come four days a week to serve our neighbors.
Thanksgiving is coming, and we will be doing special food giveaways. This past week my neighbor asked if we could give away chicken pot pies from the local Girl Scout troops. It started initially with about 100 to 200 pies, and now it has grown to 920 chicken pot pies on November 14th and 15th. That means we need a lot of volunteers on Saturday, November 14, in the afternoon at 2 pm, and on Sunday, November 15, at noon, to receive deliveries and give them out to our neighbors. If you can help, please come and meet our neighbors. We also asked for 450 turkeys from the LA Regional Food Bank, and we will see how many we will get from them.
In the midst of a pandemic, we respond by being a source of life and hope in the community. Let us keep one another in our hearts and minds and prayers.