My grandparents married and started a family during the Great Depression. I’ve often wondered at the courage it took to look forward in such bleak times. In the last six months 3 of the nurses that I work with have gotten married. I’ve suggested they should collaborate on writing Love in the Time of COVID , copying the similar title of a book about cholera. 

All kidding aside, I am encouraged to see that people continue to look ahead, to dream, to love, and most of all to hope. Now is the time to consider and cultivate our support networks. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns are on the rise as the virus panic wanes. 

We are headed into a difficult season with shorter days and all the pressures that come with the holidays. Remember that you are not alone. God is always with us. We are here to reach out and care for to one another. Make the call you’ve been thinking about, invite a friend to coffee or a walk, send a funny card just for fun. Small gestures give big smiles. Focusing on our blessings can help us cope with the strain of strange days. 

Speaking of blessings, I am grateful to St. Andrew’s for helping me with my tuition to a class at PLU called Foundations in Faith Community Nursing. Your generosity has helped me by easing my limited budget and I hope to benefit you by my expanding view of my role. Thank you very much. 

Finally I would be remiss if I did not remind and urge everyone 6 months or older should get a flu vaccine. It’s our best protection against this serious respiratory illness. Visit this web site to find flu shot provider near you. 

Life in the Time of Covid by Mary Boyce, Parish Nurse