Text message chain from March 11, 2020
NBA canceled…
Things just got serious.
  I was not expecting that…
People are going to go nuts when they wake up tomorrow morning!
This is bad
MLB is expected to suspend baseball operations indefinitely later today
NCAA tournament gone
Masters gone
All Greenville county schools will be shut down
  Sounds like it’s headed that way.
We will need to go to Costco. I’m almost out of toilet paper.
Psalm 31:9-14
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. For I hear the whispering of many—terror all around!—as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
For many people in the U.S., the reality of COVID-19 did not truly set in until the sports world came to a halt on March 11. As Twitter and news sites announced decisions of the various sports organizations to suspend seasons (NBA, Major League Baseball) and cancel tournaments (The Masters, NCAA basketball), suddenly this virus we had been hearing about over there on other continents stepped into our living rooms and threatened the living of our lives. “Terror all around!” as the psalmist says, followed by, “But I trust in you, O Lord.”
God of presence, as we face more social distancing, even as both virus and fear continue to spread around the world and affect our lives and our families, we know that your healing hand is active in the words and expertise of health professionals on the front lines of treatment and care, in the actions of community servants who have embraced precautions and who lead by example, in the ministerial presence of each and every one of your followers who are praying, looking out for neighbor and stranger, and helping carry the burden of this invisible threat. Amen. (pastoral prayer from April 26, 2020)

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