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BY REV. SHELLEY DONALDSON
March 17, 2021
US President Joe Biden is calling for each state to make all adults eligible for the Covid-19 Vaccine by May 2021.
Last Thursday evening, President Joe Biden addressed the nation calling on all states to provide vaccinations for all adults no later than May 1. Biden also marked the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s official declaration of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

You can check out his speech highlights in this article from the New York Times.

… but those who hope in the Lord 

will renew their strength;

they will fly up on wings like eagles; 

they will run and not be tired; 

they will walk and not be weary.

-Isaiah 40:31

Joe Biden is not necessarily who everyone wanted for President but given what we have been through in the last four years, I think most people can agree that he is the President that we need. After his speech on Thursday evening, Twitter was awash with people praising him for being a breath of fresh air and providing the hope so desperately needed for those in our country suffering from the aftermath of the poorly managed COVID outbreak in the form of a relief bill. Instead of dreading whatever manic things might have come out of Trump’s mouth, Biden has brought us a much-needed dose of reality and hope. 

It might feel easy to find hope in a new administration in the White House, or through the vaccines. But it’s just as important to remember that we don’t stop working towards hope just because we’ve found it in some places. There are plenty of individuals and families for whom hope is still not that strong. Texas Governor Greg Abbot lifted the mask mandate giving hope to those that don’t take COVID seriously but failed to provide hope to those already sick and at high risk of becoming infected. There are hundreds of children sitting at our borders waiting for hope to happen to them in the form of care and stable homes. Where are the pro-lifers at to provide them with some hope? 

Hope is never a one-dimensional thing. We can hope in the Lord, and we should, but given that God works through each of us, it’s our job to make sure others know and feel hope. As each of us finds our hope in the future of this global health pandemic, may we be able to provide hope for others in big and small ways.

There are many ways to provide hope for others. Recently, the youth from our church have been involved in offering micro-loans through Kiva.org, an organization that provides loans for all kinds of people and groups. Even the smallest donation helps. It’s a reminder that you don’t have to be wealthy or powerful to offer hope to someone who needs it.
God of hope, fill each of us with a sense of hope when we need it most. Help us to give hope to others, without prompt or reason; but simply because that is who you call us to be. Amen.
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