Words of Hope – By Pr Rhoda Klein Miller
My commute home last week was doubled in duration as I crisscrossed side streets and alleyways to get around road closures surrounding the protest near VGH and City Hall. Far worse than my inconvenience were the accounts of blocked ambulances, harassed healthcare employees and vulnerable patients who had to weave through a sea of vocal spray as the unmasked and un-vaxxed shouted their objections to protective measures for Covid. I thought the past year had conditioned me to anticipate bad news but this shocked me. This is Vancouver. Canada. In front of a major trauma center. The level of rudeness and lack of respect left me deeply disappointed in the demonstration I witnessed. The irony here was the organizing group was named “Canadian Frontline Nurses” with a purpose to champion “informed consent and medical freedoms” however their actions denied fellow citizens access to care and brought on duty medical professionals to tears. Remember the early days of the pandemic, when Covid patients were actually a fraction of the numbers now seen hospitalized and in ICU. People would gather outside hospitals to cheer our heroic health-care workers. Now they face indignation at the same doors. The hostility shadowing disagreement is more evident in daily interactions in person and online. I thought I was safe simply sticking to statistics and facts but the data still generated accusations of my ignorance. #thatescalatedquickly Jesus warned this would be the sign of the world’s final unravelling; “because of increased wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). The good news is that there will always be people standing for light and love, putting the care of others before personal gains. Jesus will be back to rescue us before evil and hatred consume us. My heart was encouraged when I took a stroll around the same block previously choked by protesters and discovered enormous heart shaped bouquets expressing appreciation for the hospital employees. May you be among God’s children who emulate His grace. Pray for spiritual discernment on how to ‘agree to disagree.’ Seek the truth in another’s perspective to counter polarization. Our Enemy is sowing seeds of division and it is often hidden by self-righteous justification. Jesus’ victory came in His humility.