We thank our heroes of the past year

To the editor:

It has been over a year since the coronavirus hit hard in many areas all over our world. It has been a very tough year on so many people physically, mentally, emotionally and even financially. For most people the past year was a strange time of changes and lock downs and basically a “stay at home” plan for large periods of time unless they had essential jobs.

For the elderly especially it turned into a time of loneliness, fear and even depression in many cases. For some others it was a unique time that was very weird but yet they said they ended up having much more time with their immediate family in the home to do things there that they never had time for normally.

Thus the pandemic hit various people in different ways. For some it was a serious health battle with the virus attacking their body and for others it meant the loss of a dear loved. Believers in Christ and churches continued to pray much for all of the people affected by it in any way.

But for one group of people, they had all of the same problems and issues to deal with, just like everyone else, plus they had to do their job on the front lines as a medical worker. I want to thank all of those doctors, nurses, medical staff at the Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital and EMS personnel and others in our area who faithfully did their jobs!

They went to work, day after day and worked long hours and multiple shifts. They were very dedicated and faithful to doing their very best in helping people with the virus and also other people with a multitude of other health problems.

Many people dealt with a lot of pressure in the pandemic in 2020 and in this year, too, but those in the medical field had to have had extreme stress and difficulty at times. I would pray for them and also constantly remind our church family to pray for all in the medical field.

In the spring lockdown time of 2020 and also the summer time, I tried to often text or call the many nurses from our church who work at the hospital or other medical clinics as well, and ask how they are doing, encourage them and let them know they are prayed for. And with COVID-19 things are far from over yet. And, yes, it is true, heroes do work at many different places and we thank God for them!

So as we go forward with still a great deal of unknown and still more questions than answers, let us look to the one who arose from the grave triumphantly about 2,000 years ago, the savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s son.

He is the true hope for this world. He died on the cross for sinners and came out of the tomb three days later and is the living savior. Read more about the salvation, forgiveness and eternal life that Christ has to offer in the Bible. John 3:16-18, John 11:25-26, Romans 6:23, 10:9-13 and Ephesians 2:8-9.

Ron Shupe

Lead pastor, First Baptist Church of Juniata County



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