Greeting the Day in Covid-19 Time
The sun is hidden behind a ribbon of fuchsia and grey haze
The day beckons
The virus threatens
And we pray
We pray for health, life and wealth
We pray for those we love
for beauty and ease
for the whole world
We never know
If the friend we visit will have the plague
if the store we frequent is a den of virus
if our kin and comrades will survive
Still we venture out, take our chances, lead our lives.
It requires bravery to welcome the day despite our fears.
It takes courage to rejoice in times of Covid-19
But courage we have, and resolve
to gather via zoom
send love via email
celebrate holidays, birthdays and occasions virtually
welcome our loved ones in our hearts.
Not to despair.
Remember Jacob whose brother, Esav, came to meet him
armed with 400 troops?
Jacob acknowledged his fear and acted
separated himself and his family to guard them
prayed for protection, led his entourage
welcomed Esav with greetings and gifts
Like Jacob we confront fear every day
Like Jacob, we confront our adversary
Like him we protect ourselves, as best we can
and our families and our friends,
Like him, we pray
And Like Jacob we fight our fright and rise above it.