March 20, 2020

Heroism

You, O Lord, will protect us; you will guard us from this generation forever.
—Ps. 12:7

I don't tweet very much. But I love to follow twitter. It's where I get a lot of my news, plus it can be very humorous. With the COVID-19 situation changing so quickly these days, other people's tweets are one of the main ways I have of keeping up with what's going on.

But there's something that's really bothering me. There are so many "verified" accounts (meaning that Twitter has made sure those accounts actually belong to celebrities and other influencers) which are using their tweets to bully people into social distancing, especially telling us to work from home. Don't get me wrong. I agree. It's one of the ways we're going to lick this thing. But staying home is a luxury most Americans simply cannot afford. I need to occasionally go grocery shopping, for example, and to do that, supermarket employees need to show up for work—something they're continuing to do. As much as we need to be cajoled into staying home, we also need. to be thanking those who bravely continue to do jobs that place them with people, and which require that they handle items touched by an untold number of other hands.

Few people see my daily devotions. But if anyone does, I hope, when they do venture out of their homes to buy essential items, that they'll thank those who stock the shelves and scan their purchases. I also help they'll be mindful of the fact that "this generation" of leadership in our country is not being especially kind to low-wage workers. If I appreciate the heroism of those who brave a pandemic to make life easier (possible?) for me, then perhaps I'll spare a thought for them in my prayers and on election day.

Protect the workers, O God. Keep them safe and healthy. And grant those whom they encounter on the job kindness, patience, and gratitude. Help all of us create a society in which the everyone is valued valued, and in which all labor is rewarded with a living wage; in Jesus' Name, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

Crossposted to Psalm Today

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