It’s been a historic week, with what some are calling V-day, when the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered. Have you also been hooked on the videos documenting the sequence of momentous events? In any other time midnight views of crates unloading from parked planes on the airport tarmac would not be that captivating. Despite the common phobia of needles, many people are confessing they can’t stop watching as cameras capture the first recipients get a shot in the arm. It’s like we’re all glued to this grand unboxing video. We sense the relief and joy vicariously as elderly care home residents and their support staff role up their sleeves. Our eyes water and voices tremble along with governors and chief medical officers. No longer a figment of our imagination, we can now see a future where our current cautions and restrictions dissolve. So much hope distilled into a tiny vial of liquid. Not unlike the story of Advent which reminds us how a long-awaited remedy to the global pandemic of sin was found in the minute vessel of a baby. In Him was all the power necessary to counter the devastating and deadly diagnosis of pride, greed, selfishness, and hate. I’m grateful to the governments and scientists who rallied and mobilized to counter this contagion but it’s not a silver bullet. The virus could mutate, allergic reactions and cold storage problems could render it ineffective. There is some hard-hitting wisdom found in Psalm 20 that could be paraphrased as “Some trust in vaccines and some trust in essential oils, but we trust in the name of the LORD our GOD.” Modern medicine and naturopathy are valuable to society’s health but complete healing and restoration comes only through Jesus.
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