Those Uncomfortable Conversations

Had a conversation with one of my neighborhood friends yesterday afternoon. He came out to talk when he saw me coming from the mailbox. I hadn’t seen him for several weeks and he said the same. He said he isn’t home much. He is out and about during the day. He seemed concerned that I was spending so much time in my condo. I felt he worried that I was becoming a hermit!

I reassured him I was going out during the week for church, small group Bible study, lunch with friends, and just visiting friends. Other times, I was quite comfortable staying home where I kept myself busy.

He told me he goes to the senior center and when there they require wearing a mask at all times unless eating or drinking. He doesn’t stay late to play cards because of the mask mandate. I expressed my opinion about not wanting to wear a mask again and avoiding places where required. Immediately he said, “So you must be one of those people who didn’t get the vaccine.” My reply: “No, I did get both of the shots, but I’m uncertain about getting the booster.”

I am saddened that all conversations with people these days seems to center around Covid-19 in one way or another. I will not become obsessed with this. In my heart, I’m sorry I did get the two shots. I do not know what was put into my body. Now with all the “mandates” to get the vaccine with fear tactics to face losing one’s livelihood saddens me deeply.

I’ve read the Book. I know there will come a time when the mark of the beast must be worn or people will lose all their privileges and be killed for not conforming. Is this what we are leading up to? Is it a test?

I believe the vaccines should be an individual choice. And I believe it is time for all Christians to take a stand and not be intimidated by the world. I want to be that kind of person. Everything our country was founded upon is being destroyed. Our freedoms are being ripped away.

Lifting my cup of tea and leaving you with two scriptures which strengthen me.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” (Psalm 27:1 NLT)

“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to You for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of Your wings until the danger passes by.” (Psalm 57:1)

By Carol Ann Erhardt

I'm a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and best of all a child of God. The beautiful colors in God's world lift my spirits and give me inspiration. Every morning is a new beginning, and a blessed gift from God! I enjoy a cup of tea each morning and give thanks to my Savior for life eternal.

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