Be patient with others during this difficult time

Published 8:17 am Monday, March 23, 2020

Life as we know has been turned upside down. Schools have canceled classes so students are home during the day. Restaurants are going to drive-through, delivery, or takeout only.
Some businesses are closed. Churches have canceled worship services. Funerals are limited to family members or no visitation.
Grocery stories and convenience stories have seen rushes on daily supplies.
Nursing homes, assisted living, and senior living communities such as Courtyard Apartments have declared “no visitors.”
Government officials are limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Exempt from the 10-person limit are grocery stores. Anyone who has been to a grocery store or talked to someone who has, knows the lines are long and crowded. There is no social distancing at grocery stores.
Stores have quickly run out of basic items such as bread, milk, eggs, meat, toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Store managers are quick to say “there are no shortages of these items, if only people would buy as they normally do, there would be enough for everybody.”
Some stores such as Food City and Wal-Mart have set aside the first hour after opening for senior citizens only. These stores along with others have been opening later and closing earlier in order for employees to have time to stock shelves.
People are on edge about the coronavirus fears. They’re having to deal with things they never have before, such as crowds, empty shelves, and long lines. And, some are on edge.
Everyone needs to take a deep breath, and remember that God is in control. If they are Christian, they need to demonstrate their faith, be kind and courteous, and reach out to those in need, especially the elderly in our communities. Check on them often and see that they have their medications, food, and other necessities.
Thank a store clerk. Employees of the grocery stories are doing the best they can. They are dealing with a lot of people, and are putting themselves at risk of exposure to the virus just as EMTs and nurses and other medical workers are.
Medical workers are on the frontlines in combatting the coronavirus. They are doing what they can to help people who are sick. Although they are wearing masks, gloves, and other protective gear, they are still putting themselves in danger to help other people.
Everyone is being stressed by the coronavirus, so take a deep breath, be patient and kind. People are doing the best they can to help us all cope with this unprecedented situation. Together, we will get through it…times will get better.
The Psalmist tells us: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)

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