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OK, so let's get ornery about our responses to the Covid-19 virus. You know the drill---take the vaccine shots, yea or nay? Wear a mask when we're out and about? Practice social distancing? Wear a gas mask? Quarantine? I mean, it's all a government conspiracy anyway, big brother trying to control our lives, right? Not me!!!

Yes, I get it. Over the years most of my age cohort, the boomers, have adjusted our lives to actions thought necessary by health professionals. So, we were inoculated against polio, took vaccines for the measles, mumps, meningitis, chicken pox, pneumonia, and so many other ailments. Today every trip to the doctor or pharmacy takes me to current vaccine checklist, shingles being most prevalent for us older folks. It's really never been a problem, this vaccine thing. But, now, we have to blame somebody for the latest health scare and we're suddenly suspicious of those seeking safety from this virus.

Harriet and I have both experienced Covid-19. We have both experienced cancer, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and recovery. Covid-19, in my particular case, was worse than anything before. But, afterward, we decided to take the Covid shots. Now, please know that this decision was ours and we made it without passing judgement on the people who have decided not to. Our reasoning was based on two Biblical realities that challenged and comforted us. Now, be sure to know that we're not two immature dolts wandering in the never-never land of naivete. No, we're seasoned seniors who gave these things serious thought and prayer. Two biblical truths overshadowed the popular line---

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Romans 13: 1, ESV

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

1 Corinthians 10: 24, ESV

OK, ease up. The government hasn't pronounced laws regarding Covid-19 treatment. Well, maybe in New York. But, the medical world has advised about taking the preventive vaccine and we thought that best. Just the same, we're around many older Americans and family members. We don't went to be carriers of this virus to them. So, there you go. And, know that we don't think we're better than anybody. I'm just sharing our thoughts.

Tomorrow? I'll give more attention to the two Scripture passages listed above. Join me please.

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Last week while sitting on the beach at Garden City, South Carolina, I was reminded of the limits of human knowledge. Every day thunder clouds and storm systems threatened rain, lightening, and the sounds of summer time weather. The weather predictions changed almost every hour. You see, we just don't know everything. Our knowledge is limited.

Scripture reminds us that God has not revealed everything to our species. With our science and advanced technology we can certainly know more today than at anytime in history. Surely God has given us mortals vast capacities of education, research, and scientific study. But not everything. Scripture attests the genius of mankind, our ability to calculate, reason, draw conclusions, and learn. Still, there are limits---

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 29: 29, ESV

Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

Habakkuk 1: 5, ESV

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Romans 11: 33, ESV

God's ways are unsearchable. Which brings me to right now in history, the maze of ideas, science, and our tendencies under the continuing mystery of Covid 19. Yes, the Corona Virus has stumped us in many ways. Masks, vaccines, social distancing, contagion, and many other aspects of this new infectious agent leave us guessing, arguing, and avoiding ways of combating

That's the deal this week, thoughts on how we must navigate life in this new world of this unwelcome invader. Join me as we give thought to the many avenues we may take to function in this strange new world.

Up front, though, remember: we don't know everything.

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So, been working on the blog post. layout. Trying a couple of things. It will begin on Monday, August 2, 2021. Each post will be a two minute read about topics that are common in our unsteady and complex times. Each will attempt to reference Scripture as a means of navigating life on the run. Hope you wll plan to join me each day.

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