I don’t make the rules. I do try to follow them. My commitment to stay inside the lines served as my motivator for receiving the coronavirus vaccine. A few weeks back the son of one of our members called to inform me that the facility where his mother stayed was now allowing visitors who had received the vaccine. As the pastor of those who had been isolated for over a year, I felt it was necessary for me to qualify myself to make some visits.
I had the virus in late November and paid a fairly significant price. I never really thought I was going to die, but I wasn’t sure if I would ever feel good again. It was the worst illness I have ever experienced. Consequently, I developed plenty of antibodies. I gave convalescent plasma twice. In my mind, I survived and came out on the other side immune to the virus. I was more than content to bypass the vaccine because of my stockpiled antibodies.
However, I needed to visit people inside the nursing homes. I didn’t necessarily agree with their policy, but I chose to abide by it. I opted to take the Moderna vaccine on a Tuesday at noon. The entire next day I felt like I had the coronavirus again. By Thursday I was fine. I had scheduled my second shot for one month later. As the time drew near, I second guessed whether I needed the other shot. I did not want to have another day of the virus. I did want to enter the nursing homes without lying about my status. After receiving the second dose, I experienced the same symptoms. Thankfully, I was back to normal by Thursday.
The achiness and fatigue I endured proved to be worth it. Jack Williams, a friend of mine, was near the end of his life in a local nursing home. The hospice nurse called and told me the family had cleared me to visit. Then she said, “You have received your vaccine, haven’t you?” I certainly had. I arrived in the late morning and visited with his children as Jack listened in. When I stopped by later that afternoon, Jack had already gone to be with Christ. I am so grateful I was able to visit with Jack that final time.
It’s not about me, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Making Disciples” Acts 14:21-28
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- 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.