Season 3, Episode 13, “Quarantine”

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GIVING SPACE

“Half Pint, the reason for this quarantine is to keep adults and children from bunching up.”

Charles Ingalls

The current reality of COVID-19 has put many of us in an unfamiliar territory. We’ve been asked to stay home—from work, school, and apart from people. Whether you are among the fearful or those who believe this whole thing is being wildly over-the-moon exaggerated, we’ve been asked to do one simple thing. Give each other space.

After all these years watching Little House episodes, “Quarantine” has never been so applicable to our lives today. Mountain fever, I’m guessing, was very much like COVID-19. It started with a fever and was highly contagious.

What did the town of Walnut Grove do in response to this great threat? They shut it down—the school, the mercantile, the mill, and even the post office. The road going through town was empty, much like the streets in our towns the last week, but even more so.

It’s not right, but we tend to trivialize illnesses and diseases unless they directly impact someone close to us. The Ingalls family wasn’t living in fear until mountain fever affected little Alicia, a dear family friend. It’s happened to all of us, cancer gets very personal when it attacks your best friend or your mom or your brother.

Hear me out, give each other some space. If not because of fear, then because of your love for the people around you, especially our loved and vulnerable seniors. Don’t go venturing off like Laura did and placing more people in danger. Instead use your energy to pray that God would end this outbreak quickly and that He might bring revival to our hearts.

Verses to Ponder

Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government. 1 Peter 2:17 MSG

Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 TPT

Questions to Act On

How can you submit to authority and give each other the space they need? What about the people in your home who need space? How can we all put others above ourselves?

Much Love,

Wendi

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