As Kentucky marks 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths, it is a time to grieve and reflect. Since mid-March we’ve been reminded day after day of the great value of human life. It is woven in our soul.
Many have known family members and friends who have battled the virus and, sadly, many have grieved the loss of someone they love. Some were not able to pay their final respects to those who have given them so much.
We have felt the pain of isolation. Family members have suffered and even died alone. Many have visited senior adult family members through windows as they have longed to embrace the ones they love dearly.
The mental and emotional toll wreaked by the virus is only beginning to come to light. It won’t be known for months and years to come, but it will be great. We need one another. We have been created for community.
What do we need as we mark this milestone? We need help.
We’re grateful for all those in the medical community who have helped, but we need more.
Local, state and national political leaders have tried to help, but we need more.
School administrators and teachers have planned and re-planned as they’ve tried to help, but we need more.
Pastors and church leaders have been as creative and flexible as they can be, but we need more.
We need God’s help.
We need to pray. We don’t need to say we need to pray. We need to pray.
Kentucky, will you cry out to God for help?
Will you humble yourself and ask for God to bring an end to this pandemic?
He has promised he will hear the prayers of the humble and contrite.
Above all else, let us pray.