The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:26 ESV
Over the last few months, the magnitude of sorrow in the lives of many Americans and people all over the world is so great that it hurts to talk about it! I think I have self-induced writer’s block. Basically, it even hurts to write about what I think, believe, and should be saying. This is not me! Yet, here I am, in this dark place. This morning I woke up thinking about the track “A Change is Gonna Come.” Many artist have knocked this song out of the park, but one version stuck in my mind this morning. Maybe the fact that father and son Brian Owens and Thomas Owens came face to face in a vocal chord dual where both delivered an exhibition of unparalleled genius. And, the genius not only resonates, within their voice, but it also hangs on the brilliance of the wisdom imparted through this song, especially when two generations grace listeners with their style of the same story. This morning, I used this song to set the mood in prelude of my moment of silence.
Seriously, I’m experiencing much agony over the state of the world today, and I know I am not alone. In America, for the first time in most of our lives, we are faced with demonic forces so disturbing that we don’t know what to do even though we need to say or do something! It is quite possible that there is no one living person in America who can attest to going through what we are going through as a nation, right now!
Perhaps, you are wondering “what on earth is she talking about?”
Let’s stop the suspense! What I am talking about is giving our condolences to the thousands of people who have lost their lives to COVID 19, the coronavirus. I just believe that “A Moment of Silence is in Order!”
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1 NIV
Wrapping heads around this pandemic is so challenging that many have chosen to pretend that the gravity of its wrath does not exist. Oh, but it does. People are hurting, grieving, and dying while trying to figure out how to keep on living.
Almost 117,000 people deserve our condolences. Many have not been afforded a proper burial. How does that make you feel? If you are a Christian, you feel some kind of way about that! Even if you are not a Christian, you probably feel some kind of way about this. A Moment of Silence is in Order!
The purpose of this post is to ask each and every one of you to engage in a moment of silence after reading this post and listening to “A Change is Gonna Come” sung by father and son trio, Brian Owens and his dad Thomas Owens. While the song is not new, neither are the issues we face in this country, whether they be pandemic related or race-related, to remedy either requires a spirit of empathy rather than tolerance.
The day will come when mass funerals will become a part of the history of the United States, a scene no American ever thought they would see. But, until that day comes, personal coupled with collective condolences are overdue.
Have you grieved personally for those who have become unwilling victims of COVID 19 or have you written them off? We should never forget them or that many of their deaths could have been prevented. However, what is important now is to assure that their deaths are not in vain. So many died unnecessarily, and, ignoring or not admitting that won’t change that fact.
If nothing else, let us pray that their deaths will bring about change, as has George Floyd’s senseless murder.
Following are the most recent stats that I could find.
|Confirmed 2.09 M+24,421||Recovered 646 K||Deaths 116 K+758|
|Confirmed 7.41 M+137 K||Recovered-||Deaths 418 K+4,922|