COVID-19 Holidays

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You get to see some tender mercies:

Massachusetts Unemployment Claims

(I deleted every other week (mostly) because I only want to show the trend.)

A drop in the unemployment rate from 16.80 to 6.23 must be good news. Some people may have stopped job-hunting out of discouragement, but let’s hope that most of the drop has happened because people have found work.

Neighbor, I’m sorry I haven’t gone to your store or picked up takeout at your restaurant. I’m in my 60s and I’m easily spooked; I wonder if I’m too cautious and therefore ungenerous.

I’m sorry.

I hope things are at least starting to look better for you. Maybe that 6.23% is having beneficial ripple effects, however small.

How is your head doing? Who ever dreamed this would drag on this long — and even with vaccines, we won’t be able to live normally for a long time.

I’ve been holding steady and I hope you have, too. The holidays are making everything harder, though. I couldn’t concentrate on Thursday or Friday. I did no work. My company pays me to work and I didn’t do any because as soon as I sat down at my desk, my thoughts flew away. I could not make them behave. I feel such guilt over this but nothing helps and there is nowhere to go for respite.

Let’s try to think of genuinely encouraging things. Let’s think about the vaccines. We must await the final vaccine with patience and self-discipline. Does it help to know that that is what we are already doing?

What else can we do to get through this time? Is it enough to count our blessings? I am a praying person, so I do that. But what if you’re not? What helps you?

If you don’t pray and don’t like praying, then skip this paragraph and the next one! But if you think it’s OK, here’s a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer that covers the bases pretty well:

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

November 22, 2020 COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

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