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Shots, Again

March 6, 2021

“You shall worship the Lord your God, and I will bless your bread and your water; and I will take sickness away from among you.” Exodus 23:25

Today is Day 356 of the pandemic, at least according to Dispatch reckoning. It’s also the day that Erika and I received our second doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. To say we’re grateful is an understatement. We are excited about what this means in our own lives. Even more, we are thrilled to be part of the larger effort of turning the tide against this coronavirus.

I believe that God has been hard at work through scientists, researches, doctors, nurses, and – at Grace – our Parish Nurse and Health Cabinet. When God rescued the people from Egypt and claimed them as God’s own, the Lord promised to be their God. To bless their food and to care for their health. This covenantal promise has been extended to us, rooted in the rock-solid promises of Jesus Christ that bring us victory even over the grave.

So today, we rejoice. But we also remember and mourn the more than 523,000 Americans whose lives have been taken by this disease. This is about twenty percent of the worldwide death total. So many lives lost. So many of them lost unnecessarily because of responses both inadequate and uncaring.

But there is hope. May the God who brought the people into the Promised Land continue to guide our steps and guard our health.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of hope, we praise you for the creativity and ingenuity you inspire in your people. Bring healing to those who are ill, peace to those who mourn, and hope for a renewed future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Dose 2.

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