Letter: Amid the pandemic, hope remains


The world might be experiencing a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean life has been put on hold.

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While every news report is saturated with COVID-19 and “the new normal,” real-life situations have carried on.

When I visited a long-term care facility over the summer and sang with them from outside, it was with the realization there were real people inside the building and they had been kept inside for months on end.

Their families and loved ones were isolated from them. The parking lot was empty. My God, what are we doing? 

Loneliness, anguish, loss, grief and even anger were emotions that were being played out while the media pumped up stories to feed a frenzy for information and statistics.

All the while, our family was one of hundreds of other families who were trying to deal with a family member who had been stricken with a serious illness. 

The technology of the 21st century kept people in contact with those who found themselves struggling through visits to doctors, appointments at hospitals and coping with treatments.

Life was not put on hold for them.

Nor was cancer.

For all the others who have travelled these terrible miles, might it be at least be a small consolation that you have not been alone in your journey? As for your loved ones, you hear their voice. You remember the times growing up.  

I remember the days of our youth, when life was so free and easy — James Taylor and Carole King, bye, bye Miss American Pie, your wedding day when promises were made to have and to hold, through sickness and in health from this day forward ’til death do us part.

You didn’t realize how much those days so long ago would mean so much some day — like today.

Not everyone has a twin. I have no idea what it is like not to be a twin. Even though he has gone from this life, a lot of things will never change inside of me.

I now can relate to those who have lived through other things in life while the pandemic has tried to take over the world and our lives.

There is still loss. There is still human grief. And there is still hope for eternal life.

John Noakes


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