He said, "In West Virginia, it's the principal means of earning a living and their families have lived there for generations? They do what they do to take care of their families. It beats going hungry."
His father was a lawyer who dealt with many of the health issues faced by those good people and the answer was clear. To them, the importance of living in the land they loved, yet still able to make a decent living for what they did in their work, made it an acceptable trade off to them and those basic comments explained succinctly why they did what they did.
Fast forward to today and we have a very similar problem although of national scope. With the country fearful due to a new virus about which much is still not known, there is a danger of the situation going on for such a long length of time that the money dries up for the necessary expenses of living and even operating the government. That would be much more monumental in scope and would be a certainty if prolonged for too long. So, what is the nation to do? Do we just close everything in total and destroy any hope for the likelihood of a return to normalcy? Or do we accept a certain level of risk as we gain more knowledge and open the country sufficiently to keep a society solvent? It's the reason why the President mentioned the subject last night, much to the chagrin of many, but he is, after all, a realist and he knows at some point some decisions must be made that will determine the course to be followed. It's not an easy question to answer and I hope all will pray for God's divine discernment to our leaders in reaching the best decision.
It's for this reason that I've chosen this topic today, for in today's world, CoronaVirus or not, we continually face many trials and tribulations that trouble us and make us fearful. Much of that is natural when we consider things about which the future is cloudy, but if we let the troubles and fears control us, we will find ourselves incapable of responding appropriately. Thinking about it further, I am again reminded of days in my youth when I was concerned about my family in the summer of 1957, our first time at the beach without Dad, who had died the previous fall. It seemed strange, almost surreal to be on the beach early in the morning without him since I used to walk with him and admire the transition from darkness to light as the sun rose. Yet, with him no longer there with me, I remembered what was so important about that sunrise and what it told me. It was simple and oh, so true, for that sunrise shows both the power and the glory of God and how his light brightening the day meant that He was always there for me. It was comforting and it gave me peace, for I knew that with Him in my life I should never fear anything on this earth but, rather, learn to deal with things in the way he intended. That, my friends, has stuck with me ever since. It is something that each of us need in what we face today. Remember, with God we can handle anything. Without God, we are lost.