For Whom the Bell Tolls
This has always been a favorite poem of mine. I’ve always thought there is an amazing connectedness between all human beings. However, this has certainly come to an intense reality during the current times of COVID-19.
I personally have known two people my age and others younger who have died in the last few months from COVID. That certainly brought home the reality of how tenuous our lives are. These two people were relatively hale and hearty and certainly were productive members of our society.
I’m sure they never expected that their lives would be so quickly erased by such a disease. In reality, although we often assume our lives are going to continue, it’s very true that in a blink of the eye everything can change.
Hopefully, we will all have learned from this time. It has been a desolate time of loneliness and separation for many, and of devastating illness for others. Still, those of us who are surviving should certainly be more aware of the joys of everyday life and of those who will no longer experience them.
Those who are gone will be missed by many. The relationships they had, the contributions they made to the daily lives of others, and to that of their work are simply gone. This is ultimately true of all of us.
So, keeping this in mind, we each need to prayerfully consider the worth of every individual we meet on any given day. Their loss is our loss. We all are significant in the eyes of God.
Circle of Grace