Look Who Came to Circle Today

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I live life for my children now, and sometimes that means living life around your children. Tomorrow they have their summer art camp at the local Friend’s School. If you don’t know what a Friend’s School is it is a Quaker school. As for what a Quaker is we won’t get into that now but the more I learn about them the more I like them.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10). Now I’ve never been to a Quaker service but from what I have observed at Friend’s School and their teaching style that is a very Quaker bible quote. It is also appropriate for our current situation.

Virginia Beach is doing better than a lot of places in the country when it comes to the delta variant but it still scares the crap out of me. Mainly for my children as they can’t yet be vaccinated and I do not understand how people can be given the opportunity to save themselves and their community and then reject it.

The vaccine is a gift that we have each received and by getting it we serve one another. Christianity is a religion about service. It is about doing good works with grace, love, and humility. It is about showing empathy and compassion towards your fellow man. It is about using a gift to serve one another, and right now the best gift that has been given us to serve one another is the covid vaccine.

I am worried about attending the classes with my children. I am reading more and more stories about kids, younger and younger, getting covid with serious complications. I have read that the lose of taste and smell might never come back in people that experienced that symptom. Imagine a young child never getting to taste or smell some of the things we love so much. Part of having children is sharing the things you love with them, and if they can’t taste or smell that avenue is cut off.

That isn’t even all of it. The boys are set to begin pre-school in the fall and I am under no illusion that it will be safe. The school does require vaccination records so there should be no anti-vaxxers among the crowd, but you never know. The pre-school is Presbyterian so I’m hopeful none of the staff want to risk not acting like one of the elected and not using a gift to serve one another is a good way to do that.

At this point I have hope. We have dodged covid successfully this far. The last thing I want is to end up a tragic tale people read on the internet and for that not to happen we have to count on others to do their part, and so many have shown their unwillingness and disdain towards using a received gift to serve one another.

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