Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Editorial

A headline in a recent AP news article reads, “Half a million dead in US, confirming virus’s tragic reach.” The stark reality that this pandemic has reached into the further most corners of the earth still leaves us in a mind fog. The gravity of this pandemic is still hard for us to imagine.

Experts warn that about 90,000 more deaths are likely in the next few months. This human calamity is unparalleled in recent history, making it difficult to comprehend. Will we really still be wearing masks and in lock down in the coming year 2022? Some of our medical experts are predicting this.

The isolation that many are experiencing is most grievous in this crisis time. Being left alone while leaving this life without loving family members being permitted at your bedside is a human tragedy.

Be reminded of Mother Teresa who left the comfort of the convent taking residence in India because of her compassion for those dying in the streets alone. She took the strangers in her home providing comfort as they breathed their last breath.

I quote a noted doctor who stated on Fox News, last night, “We cannot be fearful the rest of our lives.” I wholeheartedly agree.

Reportedly 99.5 people under the age of 70 survive the virus. Despite the bleakness of all the bad news, we must not lose hope.

Is there light at the end of this tunnel that we are now traversing? If you have never been to the Burro Schmidt Tunnel just south of town, you might find it worth your time. A few years ago I walked through the tunnel with some of my children and grandchildren. First of all it is mystifying that one man with a hand shovel, a burro, and a hand-built cart dug this tunnel through the mountain. But it was amazing how far I walked without seeing any light at the end of the tunnel. Suddenly when turned a corner there we saw broad daylight only a few yards away. What comes to mind is: We will turn the corner and again see the light of day.

There was a time of deep division during the Civil War. A dark time for this country, but we did turn the corner. In World War II, also a dark time, turning the corner was Nagasaki and Hiroshima. There was a time that the military warned us that we were in danger of losing the war against Japan.

Both President Lincoln, during the Civil War, and President Roosevelt, during World War II, leaned heavily on Divine Guidance and publicly stated so. We are at that place again. In desperate need of Divine Guidance to turn the corner and bring us out of this time of darkness. God help us.

The late Charles Krauthammer in his last book, “The Point of It All,” said, “I’ve always had a sense that there is something providential about American History. There is something about the American spirit – about the bedrock decency and common sense about the Americans that helps us find our way. Something about American history that redeems itself in a way that inspires all.” He quotes Otto Von Bismarck, “God looks after children, drunkards, idiots, and the United States of America.” Krauthammer said, “I think he still does, I hope he still does.”

I believe He still does.

Pat Farris Publisher

Story First Published: 2021-02-26