Saturday, October 3, 2020

Saturday, October 3, 2020


There’s an app for that says my granddaughter when I ask her a question. Now there’s an app you can use on your cell phone that will help you learn whether you are close to a transmitter of Covid-19. Developed by Google and Apple, the Exposure Notification system will tell you if you have been close to a person who is positive for the virus.


The app touted by the regional governors of the Eastern Seaboard seems to have become even more critical in light of the news of Trump’s illness. In spite of any policy disagreements that anyone may have with the President, no one should gloat in the face of a potentially life-threatening illness.


What we really should wish for is that everyone would have the kind of medical care our national leadership has. Just this past week the bulletin of MSF, Doctors Without Borders, highlighted stories of nurses and midwives on the front lines of Covid in other parts of the world from Africa and Asia to Ukraine. Supporting their work helps to alleviate the impact of this terrible virus.


Prayer for the Day


Listener to our words, Hearer of our hearts,

   Keep us from looking for easy answers; 

Perceiver of our minds, Searer of our souls, 

    Mold us to reflect your mercy rather than our fears 

Embolden us to work for the fruition of your kingdom,

    As we engage with the world all around.

In the name of him who calls us to do justice,

    Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.     


Thoughts for the Day


Rats and roaches may live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.

Wendell Berry, American writer (b. 1934)


We are all at the mercy of God as well as of one another. And for that we can be grateful. He has much more of it than we have.

Dorothy Salisbury Davis, American writer (1916–2014) 


Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;

     our God is merciful.

The Lord protects the simple;

     when I was brought low, God saved me.

Return, O my soul, to your rest,

     for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

Psalm 116 5–7