Mankind needs God

Armstrong Williams | 4/9/2020, midnight
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The immortal words of Charles Dickens have never ...
Armstrong Williams

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The immortal words of Charles Dickens have never rung truer than now, during the age of COVID-19 and the global pandemic.

Horror and hope are intermingled on a daily basis and remind all of us about the limits of our own power, and the trust and faith that we must put in the Almighty.

This global plague has taken the world by storm, forcing us to physically separate from one another in a fashion that would have been unfathomable just a few months ago. Our daily lives as we knew them, the daily grind, have been replaced with a new normal defined by terms like self-quarantine and social distancing. Yet, within our hospitals, medical professionals are literally placing their own lives on the line as they come face to face with very ill people, trying to deliver healing and help to those stricken by this insidious disease.

Here in the United States we like to think of ourselves as the epicenter of the world. All too often, we focus on ourselves and how global events are perceived through the prism of our own patriotism and self-proclaimed American exceptionalism. But across the globe, mankind is being humbled by forces far beyond its control. Whether you choose to think in terms of God or of science is of little difference, for the consequences are the same.

Even in this land of plenty with the world’s most advanced medical care we are struggling to survive this surge in sickness. Just imagine how much more dire the situation is and will continue to be in places without the benefit of monetary resources. The body count will surge higher and the impact will be even more pronounced.

Yet, when you step outside these days as I do each morning to jog, there is a palpable difference in the air. It is quieter, sweeter and more nourishing. Without the endless drone of emissions-spewing vehicles, you can actually feel the improved environment and hear the birds chirping cheerily. My running is stronger, my energy higher, my mind quieter.

Never before have I seen the true character of my colleagues on fuller display than during these difficult days. My staff at Howard Stirk Holdings has met the challenge with poise and professionalism. The team shows up each day (even from home) to deliver the news and stories that are our solemn duty in the greater service of keeping the public informed!

Yet, just miles away, some of my own friends, family and neighbors labor to breathe, painfully afflicted by COVID-19. When you actually know someone whose life is on the line, this plague becomes real and its impact becomes personal.

The nature of the disease necessitates that we physically pull away from those in their greatest hour of need, which illustrates the cruelty of this horrible virus. All around us people are in desperate need of physical connection and love, but instead we must separate from them and make do with video chats instead of warm embraces.