When the Governor announced the shutdown of businesses throughout Nevada in mid-March, it seems many among us were in a state of shock. As the new reality started to sink in and people developed new routines, an unexpected camaraderie started to take place. The “we’re all in this together” mantra was embraced as people reached out to each other to help however they could.
I am reminded of Mr. Roger’s famous quote. He said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen more acts of kindness in this community in the last month than I’ve witnessed in years. People have come together (not literally) to take care of our most vulnerable through random acts of kindness. Neighbors are watching out for one another, more people are supporting local businesses and companies have stepped up to help consumers get through the crisis. Even our government has somehow found a way to step across the aisle and get a stimulus bill passed.
Then, there’s the ones on the front lines of the pandemic. Healthcare workers that show up to do their jobs, knowing they are running a much higher risk of infection, but doing it anyway.
They’ve all been frustrated with the lack of protective gear and essential tools, but they do the best they can with what they have to work with. Whether it’s the hospital administrator, doctor or the one changing the sheets and sterilizing the suites, they recognize we are all in this together and do their part to save lives. While it may seem to them they’re just doing their jobs, their courage is evident to the rest of us. We are grateful.
Others on the front line, such as our local police force, who don’t get thanked enough for risking their lives, deserve our recognition and appreciation. During times of crisis and panic, their job to protect our communities becomes even more critical. We are grateful.
We’ve all witnessed how essential services have stepped up to meet the demand. The truckers that are working harder than ever to bring supplies into our communities and restock our shelves. Thank You. Restaurants and markets that have adapted and found ways to continue providing needed food and essentials. Thank You. Pastors that continue to lead their flocks. Thank you.
Finally, I’d like to thank our leaders in all levels of government. While we often disagree on policy, when push comes to shove, we’re Americans, we’re Nevadans and we’re all in this together.
God Bless You All.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”