Generally, in our culture of rugged individualism, one often thinks and acts in terms of “What is best for me?” Paul encourages us to look beyond self to others: “What is good for all?” Now, the safety of many is in our hands.
Although we are not completely freed from concern or fear, we are gaining a foothold against this common enemy we have been fighting for much too long. Your DSC COVID Response Team joins me in giving thanks for the diligent work of the congregations and clergy of our Conference.
While the CDC has issued new recommendations for persons who have been fully vaccinated which relax some restrictions, these guidelines can change with the discovery of new information about COVID-19. For this reason, we must continue to be patient and do our part to protect those among us who are still vulnerable.
Compassion and humility are very critical to the work of those who are responsible for the vaccination of the general population. The process is not perfected, but like all of us United Methodists, we are going on to perfection to care for others with love and hope for an end to this pandemic.
In these weeks of Advent, we light successive candles and hear messages in scripture, song, and word about hope, peace, joy and love.