Module 3--The Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, I remember other times when scourges brought fear and anxiety to our lives.  Examples include polio which brought fear to every mother with small children before a vaccine was created in 1954.  Viet Nam veterans remember malaria which besides our fear of being maimed by the enemy caused the greatest anxiety --- nobody knew who would be next to become ill.  Out of my unit of 150, 38 men and five officers contracted malaria.

Sometimes it takes courage to go on.  We veterans know what it is like to face an invisible enemy.  C.S. Lewis said: "Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."  In this pandemic, there are  the courageous among us taking care of the public --- grocery workers, postal workers, delivery personnel, volunteers delivering meals for school children, food bank personnel --- Add doctors, nurses, hospital staff; EMS, police & fire personnel!  Let us not forget the men and women called up for duty who find themselves doing "Service to the Nation" in hot-spots where the virus is taking a toll.  Deuteronomy 31:6 should be our prayer: "Be strong and of good courage.  Do not fear or be afraid of them, for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."
 
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