I am up early this morning to try to clear something up with each of you. I learned late last night from a longtime blog reader that the speech by Mike DeWine, governor of Ohio, was a controversial one for some homeschooling families in Ohio. I appreciate her for letting me know. I’m sorry if my sharing it was hurtful to anyone.
Those of you who have read my posts for a long time know my heart for each one of you. Please know that I don’t get news from Ohio and had no way of knowing that. My friend who shared the speech with me in the first place is a veteran homeschooling mother who has been one of my dearest friends for many years. I shared it with love. I did not share it to be political. I shared his speech:
- to honor the Native Americans, African Americans, pioneers, and Appalachian people that he praised,
- to encourage you by letting you know that a public official was quoting from God’s Word, and
- to encourage you and to show love for you.
I have struggled about how much to say to you about COVID-19, especially since it has become so political. I care deeply about each one of you and I trust God completely. We are getting very mixed messages through all kinds of media outlets, both liberal and conservative. My older woman heart wants to help you younger women in every way I can (See Titus 2:3-5). These are my two main messages to you about the virus.
- Please know that God is trustworthy.
- Please take care of yourself and those you love.
Those are the principles that I am living by in these days. In early February, all six members of our younger daughter’s family were sick with the flu, some of them very sick. While that was going on, I spent a day in the hospital with skyhigh blood pressure. The next day my mother got very ill. She went into hospice care two days later. She passed away 13 days after that. COVID-19 quarantine issues began to affect our business operations 13 days after that.
Meanwhile, I have been updating America the Beautiful, advising and assisting our daughter in her writing of Our 50 States, and assisting Ray with Exploring World Geography — all while trying prayerfully to deal sensitively, compassionately, and honestly in each of those curricula about issues that are dividing our country. Just the emotions of doing that have been exhausting.
Last week the COVID-19 situation got even closer to my circle of friends and loved ones.
- After waiting 13 days for results, we finally found out with relief that a dear loved one’s test was negative.
- A business associate shared with me for the first time the details of her multi-week battle with a serious case of the virus.
- A friend told me about the death of someone at her church, about her own young physician testing positive and being very sick, about the man her husband works closely with whose wife has been exposed, and about the man her husband was with at work a week before who has tested positive.
My heart breaks for the families who have lost jobs and lost loved ones and missed milestones. And I am very sorry if I hurt anyone by my post yesterday. When I say, “Please be careful,” I say it because I really do love you — and I really do trust God.
By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.