For those of you who have asked, the date is Monday, February 24th. It’s right there on my calendar.  That’s makes 127 days and counting.  My metamorphism continues or maybe it’s more of a transmogrification. Metaphorically, I get those two mixed up. I know it’s noticeable, unwieldly and perhaps even unbecoming.  But I’ll wear a baseball hat inside, breaking every etiquette lesson I learned at cotillion before I sit on a barber chair while COVID-19 is spreading.  I’m not being stubborn for stubborn sake. I’ve internally played that game before.

I know it’s been a long haul.  It’s been difficult and depressing.  I am ever aware that as COVID-19 lingers onward and erupts in hot spots that fatalism will be appealing.  I also know that the saturation of information leads to disbelieving and the reactivity is exhausting.

But the benefit for me to get a haircut (however “good” that would make me look) is just not worth the risk. There is a deep concern in my being that I have to be cautious for family, friends, you and others.  I guess you could say that it’s Bruce being Bruce with a cause. But it’s not costing me much.

This morning I heard that Ian Desmond, a local Sarasota MLB star, was opting out of playing this season. On his twitter (which I invite you to read the entire thread) he wrote:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk that I am not comfortable taking… With a pregnant wife and four young children who have a lot of questions about what is going on in the world, home is where I need to be right now. Home for my wife, Chelsea. Home to help. Home to guide. Home to answer my older three boys’ questions about coronavirus and Civil Rights and life. Home to be their dad.”  It will cost Ian a lot to make this choice.  Ian will forgo his $5.5 million prorated salary because staying at home will make a difference in the lives that matter most to him and perhaps make a difference in our lives as well.

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 40:28 -31
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Reflection Questions:
How is God giving you power in these difficult times?
What do you do when you are exhausted?
What will you give up for those you love?

Prayer:  Holy God, keep me strong as I grow weary.  Let me love more as I walk this path.  Give me wisdom in the choices I face and help me to make a difference. Amen.

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