Beginning last month, we had a huge growth in Covid cases, and deaths in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Most of this is because workers have been sent back to SVG from a nearby island that is currently locked down because of Covid cases.
As the cases continue to spread, I am encouraging individuals to be safe, but not scared
Being safe means doing everything possible to make sure that you’re healthy. That way if you do get Covid, your body is able to fight it off. I have personally taken the vaccine to help with this, and also use vitamins with a healthy diet, as well as an exercise routine (lots of walking).
I have close friends who don’t want to take the vaccine, and thats okay (it’s their choice). However, for them being safe means working very hard to make sure their immune system is strong.
We also encourage safety in Church services:
- Through sanitising our hands
- Wearing masks
- Social distancing
- And staying home if we don’t feel well
there is nothing wrong with being safe, but being scared is very wrong.
Being scared is constantly thinking about Covid, and allowing it to control our lives. There are currently no serious lockdowns or safety restrictions regarding church services (we may have some soon). Therefore, I’m actively pursuing ministry opportunities as the Covid grows. In fact we recently started back Sunday School (it was ended shortly before my medical furlough).
The point is there’s a big difference between being safe and scared
- Being scared keeps me at home because I “might” encounter someone who has Covid
- Being scared keeps me from visiting individuals through ministry.
- Being scared panics whenever someone is not wearing their mask properly 1
- Being scared is constantly worrying if someone else has Covid
Ministry cannot be done this way!
The recent lockdowns since 2020 have taught us that freedom is something that we can take for granted. We only realise that too late when Covid takes it away from us.
Every moment of freedom we have must be spent actively doing the work of God….
Because the day may come that freedom is taken away from us.
- I do wear masks, and make sure everyone in church wears them properly for one anothers safety, But at the same time allow others to make their own health choices for the most part ↩