Years ago, someone told me a story of the famous rockstar, Bono of the band U2, who was about to step out on stage in London to an audience of eager fans. They awaited him in silence, when all of a sudden, he walks out to center stage and starts a slow methodical clapping of his hands.
He then stepped to the microphone and proclaimed, “With every clap of my hands, a child dies in Africa.
Then, a single voice from the back shouted out, “Then stop clapping, you fool!”
Bono felt this was a good way of illustrating a devastating point.
The heckler, however, may have felt that a prayer for the sick would have been a better solution.
In my circle of peers as clergy, our main concern as shepherds is giving our flock a daily covering of prayer for protection from any harm or danger.
Like the general public, we too keep a close watch on the infected as well as the daily death toll with the coronavirus. Reminding each one to follow the mandate set for us by CDC to wear a mask, to maintain six feet of social distancing, and to wash hands often. And, we lead by example in doing so ourselves.
When our members are sick, the families call on us to be at their loved one’s bedside, to pray with them, and to comfort the family with prayers for peace and comfort.
As pastors, and as men and women of the cloth, we have the role of showing the same compassion Christ shared with those He encountered as He performed miracles to cure whatever ailed them.
Our county hospitals, medical clinics, senior living, mental health facilities, emergency rescue teams, law enforcement, community resource agencies, and local food chains have done an excellent job of caring for the community’s physical necessities. We are most grateful for their services.
But today, I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the men and woman of the cloth. Like all those I’ve previously mentioned for our physical wellbeing, theclergy must be in place to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of not only their own parishioners, but whomever they may come in contact with at any given time.
Thank you to those who labor tirelessly providing spiritual care to those in need.
Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
This was our Lord’s marching orders then as it is also for us today.
Join me in thanking my peers, the Ministerial Leaders of Colorado County, for their service during this crazy time we’re all experiencing.
Instead of being like the Bono heckler, just counting the numbers of the sick and dying, help us to pray prayers of prevention and protection. Knowing the power of prayer, we will not just count the number of those infected; we will pray for them as well.