I am grateful that many people who contracted the coronavirus experienced minimal symptoms. I was not one of those favored individuals. I ran a significant fever for almost a week. The fever made me miserable and exhausted. I found myself sleeping more hours at night than at any point during my lifetime. I supplemented my rest with naps during the day. I did not intend to sleep. I just could not stay awake.
Through it all my blood oxygen level remained at a good level. I walked every day to avoid blood clots and keep my lungs clear. I shortened the length of my excursions, but made sure to pound the pavement every day. I spent time on my stomach for the sake of my lungs. I sought and received good medical treatment. I was made keenly aware that I am not in control. I am in decent shape for a 64-year-old man. My commitment to fitness and my love for Jesus did not exempt me from some painful realities caused by the coronavirus.
As a result of what I have been through, I have renewed my commitment to show kindness to all people. The central listed fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 is kindness. It is number five out of nine. I need to show kindness to those who are ill. I need to show kindness to those who have lost loved ones. I need to show kindness to those in the store who may or may not be wearing a mask. I need to lead First Baptist Church in such a way as to show kindness to our community and our hospital and our health care workers. I will continue to smile and trust God to bring this pandemic to a merciful conclusion.
My leadership to suspend in person worship and lifegroups through December was motivated by kindness. We have had a major outbreak of the virus among our church family. Nothing would make me happier than if all the cases in Weatherford dissipated between now and the end of the year. Currently, I am immune to the virus and chocked full of antibodies. I am not the issue. People like my friend Jimmy Carder are the issue. He died from coronavirus and I miss him.
We cannot guarantee the control of the virus. We can show kindness to others.
Thanks for your prayers and support, Earl
December Worship Services
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.