Community thankful, hopeful in spite of COVID-19
By: Joe Mier
As inconvenient as this is, I am grateful that we are in our safe homes and we know where our families are safe. We could be evacuating due to Cat 5 Hurricane or returning after one to damaged communities or tornado damage like Nashville TN recently or many other terrible situations. They are asking that we social distance until April 30th. I know there are a lot of hurting people and businesses that are wondering if they are going to make it but we have to do now to get back to where we all want to be.
I promise you this when we come out of this people are going to remember the small businesses that are in our communities and respond and support them.
I hope people remember that it was a time to refocus on families and that every minute of every day does not have to be filled with something that takes away from having dinner with your family every night or taking bike rides or walking the trails, outdoor family activities like fishing and hunting or playing in the yard together as a family is a gift.
I hope people remember what it was like to not be able to have groups of friends over and do life together is a gift and don't take it for granted and do it more when this is over.
I hope children see that their guardians are more than just rule makers but or solid rocks that stand up when times get tough and lead them through the tough times.
I hope people see the value in our community parks and playgrounds and use them more and take care of them when we get to use them again.
I have HOPE.....
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
We can do this with grateful hearts rather than the many other possibilities that we could have been enduring. Thank you to our healthcare workers, first responders, state leaders and parish leaders for again leading though another crisis.