A couple of weeks back I talked about our church pausing in person ministry not our government. Maybe it’s time to do it again. I am very not fine.
A post borrowed from Brody Jespersen’s FB page. I thought it was worth sharing with you. Brody is the associate pastor at Sherwood Park Alliance. His are the words I would use in leading a church through COVID. The 1100 post likes seem to indicate there are few others who appreciate his perspective.
I Am Very Not Fine
I’ve been quiet lately but not because I’m been dreaming up my next rhetoric, the reason being is because on April 18 I contacted a variant case of Covid-19 that my wife brought home for me! Thanks babe.
In all seriousness. She is doing just fine and our kids 3/3 also positive are also doing just fine.
However. I. Am. Very. Not. Fine.
After 12 days of being the sickest I have ever been in my entire life I woke up yesterday feeling like it was starting to get harder to breathe. Breathing wasn’t an issue for me for the long 11 first days. I was fever and aches and uncontrollable chills and a splintering headache that wouldn’t let up and the lost taste snd smell. And after fighting it all for 11 days from home we finally decided it was time we have some intervention.
Let Me Say a Couple of Things
For those of you who think this is nothing but the flu, you are so sorely mistaken. Sure. Some people get an experience LIKE the flu, but some, many, don’t. They get much much worse.
When I was laid up in my first hospital bed of the day I described to my Dr that it felt like someone was driving their knee right into the top of my chest and crushing my lungs. It was bad.
Saying this is the flu is your sad attempt at trying to justify your civil dishonor. “It’s just the flu, so I don’t have to wear a mask, or wash my hands, or get a vaccine… it’s just the flu.” You are just so wrong. And until you have an MD behind your social media persona I’d suggest you dig a little deeper past the fake news.
Not The Flu
Last time I I had the flu I didn’t need oxygen to keep breathing. The last time I had the flu the dr didn’t feel the need to ask me “if this turns snd I have to get you to ICU are you giving me permission to perform chest compressions in an attempt to save your life? I’m 36 years old and healthy with no other underlying medical concerns and here I am in my second hospital bed after an ambulance trip to the Misercordia Hospital in Edmonton.
I have Covid pneumonia and am not sure how long I will be here.
Secondly thing is this – can we cut the nonsense of this being about some sort of conspiracy? Like literally, the only conspiracy the government is after is to keep me and you alive. And I for one am all over letting them help in the ways they can. Life is sacred, it is a gift and the sanctity that our officials are treating it with lines up with the bible I read.
I’m in a slow process battle. And could be for a while. But don’t worry about me. I cherish my wife Jodie who served and loved me so faithfully and tirelessly at home while I could barely wake for more than a couple hours a day. She held it all together with sick kids and I am blessed to have her.
Last thing is this and I’ll make it 3-parter cause I am a pastor and pastors are like that.
- Wear the mask. It’s not for your protection but everyone else’s. You are a literal superhero with it on, it’s your cape that wraps around your ears and over your face. Wearing it tells the world around you that you care about not getting others sick. We are deep in this 3rd wave and we need hero’s.
- Pray for our healthcare workers. They are the the actual superhero’s in all of this. My nurse today told me she does not even get to see her kids when she works these shifts because she doesn’t want to risk transferring the virus home. She sacrifices and they sacrifice so that I can find life…sounds sorta familiar.
- Get your vaccine. For the love of all that is good and Holy, get the vaccine. It is not going to hurt you, it is going to save your life and the live’s of others around you that you won’t infect. The sooner we get immunity the sooner we can go back to some of the way it was, but that is going to require a concentrated partnership of us all saying “I’m willing to stand in the gap”. Trust me, you don’t want to earn your immunity the hard way like I have been (which for the record I will still also be getting the vaccine when I can). But what about the blood clots?!?! I had to take a CT scan my first night because my samples showed high that a clot could have formed. A WAY MORE LIKELY WAY TO GET A BLOOD CLOT! Luckily I’m clear. But get the poke, doesn’t matter which one. Just get er done.
Peace and love my friends. Thanks for all your support and care over these weeks.
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