The Earth is just reeling, not from plastic bags in the ocean, or the red tide, but from men dying. So many people are dying right now that they don't even have places to put them. This is what happens in a plague. What do you do with all the dead people?
So, this is terrible! Who is to blame? The government? Are they doing all they can do? Do we really want them to do more? What about God? Doesn't He care? But maybe, just maybe, it is the consequential effect of something that was set in motion a very long time ago, which is just running its course.
In the past, people could do whatever they wanted to do without really thinking it would affect the entire planet, but now some of the consequential effects of the choices man has made are becoming obvious. Now we are seeing that even a person's choice of what he will eat can have deadly consequential effects for the whole planet.
The world has gotten smaller, in that sense. So what can we do about it? John Lennon sang, "Imagine all the people living life in peace... You'll say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." The song spoke of peace, but there was no peace.
In the year 1516, a man named Sir Thomas More published a book about an ideal society called "Utopia." Obviously, he wrote it without much hope, because the word utopia literally means "no place," so he acknowledged even in his writing that it didn't exist. But long before that our Father wrote about it in the Bible. He commanded His people to love each other more than themselves, and that would make them able to live together in peace.
Many people claim to believe that, but do they obey it? Check it out objectively. Are you finding that you really have a "Shelter in Place" where there is peace and where you can be cared for in these terrible times of death and illness? Is there peace in your home with everyone staying together all day, every day, or are you forced to try to get away from each other? If you look realistically at what is happening at home, you might get a little picture of what shape the world is really in. It is easy to be distracted by all the busyness of life, but in circumstances like these you are often left face to face with the fruit that is really there. Are you pleased with it? Or are you seeing consequences of things that you don't really like, and would not have chosen?
I wonder if it is merely by chance that this is happening right before the traditional celebration of Easter. This celebration was started to draw Christians into one religion with the pagans who were already celebrating fertility in the spring. Somehow, the resurrection and bunny rabbits with eggs got into the same story. But if you look at the simple story of the resurrection of a man who lived a blameless life, loving others more than himself, there is so much hope. In the face of so much death, hope is a good and necessary thing.
We have that hope, and we would like to share it with you. We have a deeply satisfying life that is still going on in the midst of this great turmoil. If you sense something missing in your shelter, then when this time of quarantine passes, come and visit ours.