• John Varden

Loving God, Loving Others

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” — Mark 12:28-31

Nancy and I tested negative for Covid19.  Do any of you remember the Seinfeld episode where George thought he had cancer because the test was negative?  So, for clarity, the test said we do not have Covid19!

This is a strange time.  On a fear scale of 1-10 for myself, and even for my household, I would say I am at a 2.  We are young-ish and healthy and I generally do not worry about anything bad for us.  I have read that even folks with few symptoms may have lung damage, which is the only reason I put my fear level at 2 rather than 0. 

But I do fear giving it to others.  I have limited contact with my mom, but I would be devastated if she got it from me.  I fear giving it to my church family.  I want to go to North Carolina to Nancy’s family in August, and getting and giving it to those on the other end would be terrible. 

This is all on a personal, individual level.  But me or you getting Covid19 is not just about my personal “choices.”  Because this disease spreads so easily, and because we have no previous immunity, me getting Covid19 affects the whole community.  And because we are so interconnected by travel and shopping and eating out and all the other ways we interact, any one of us getting this disease affects so many others.

With all this said, I think cancelling church this past Sunday is an important part of neighbor-love.  All our mask-wearing and hand washing and sanitizer is neighbor-love.  I am not sure if we will have in-person worship this week, it is because we love one another.

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