It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ~Galatians 5:1
Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I'm free at last! ~Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hooray!!! Today marks the two-week point since my second China virus vaccination, and I am reveling in reclaiming the freedom of movement and interaction denied for this long, seemingly interminable year. Yes, when mingling with others at various stores, I will still wear a mask out of courtesy, but I will know in my heart that I will never again be burdened by slavery's yoke.
Because what the government has imposed upon us is nothing less than the first step toward controlling and limiting the God-given freedoms we cherish as Americans. I don't care what side of the aisle on which you stand, you should be alarmed at the intrusiveness of government in all areas of our lives, deeming that we, the great unwashed, have no common sense or knowledge of how to conduct ourselves in a health crisis, or any other crisis for that matter.
Danny and I choose our isolationist route due to his preexisting heart condition. We are, after all, in the most vulnerable age group for contracting the virus. We decide early on to be proactive in protecting our health and the health of those we love.
Our choice. Our decision. Not the government's ridiculous mandates that, for the most part, do not follow the science which says that low-risk young people should not be restricted from their jobs or education.
So, what do Danny and I plan to do?
First and foremost, visit my mother. She sure needs, and deserves, long-delayed hugs from the family that loves her. How my heart aches for those whose loved ones are/were in nursing homes where that kind of tangible love cannot be expressed. I pray it will now be allowed for so many whose hearts are hurting.
Secondly, we can now travel to South Carolina to be with daughter, Sarah, son-in-law, John, and our three granddaughters. No loss of their proximity has been more deeply felt by us during these trying times. I know I echo the relief of countless grandparents who have finally been vaccinated, and are on their way to joyful reunions. Nothing short of a God-send!
And these next "priorities" seem rather lame in my list of things to do now that I'm considered immune. Visiting the dentist, getting the annual eye exam, shopping for make-up, and getting my hair cut. None of these could ever replace the first and second on the post-Covid to-do list. They are simmering on the back burner for now, and can remain there indefinitely.
Sometimes, it takes a crisis to make us realize what our ultimate priorities are. I know this year of uncertainty has led me to a deeper trust and faith in God. I find myself praying continually throughout my day. It is ever a good time to open ourselves to what the Lord wishes to say to us in order to cement our relationship with Him.
No matter what the changes and challenges we face, I want my relationship with Jesus to be the constant.
He is the ultimate guarantee of freedom for our souls.
Friends, we are leaving for Mom's this Sunday and will be staying the week there. Because of this, I won't be posting anything next week, and I may not find the time to get around to all of your blogs. Rest assured, I haven't forgotten you! And I will be praying for you all. Blessings!