September 2, 2021 as my flag reads – “Don’t Give up The Ship”
According to the Chautauqua County Health Department, the county had 733 new cases of COVID in the month of August along with 6 deaths (164 total during the pandemic). In the month of July, there were only 54 new cases. In August of 2020, the County reported 165 cases for the month. The report indicates that the increase is primarily due to the delta variant which is two and a half times more transmissible and responsible for 90% of the new cases.
We are also approaching the flu season. According to one medical professional I heard, the rise in new cases may be with us until November. Just when we were beginning to relax and feel comfortable around people, we now have to be more cautious. It is a good practice to wear a mask when out in public buildings. Remember to wash your hands and practice social distancing.
Labor Day is right around the corner. Let us pray for those who continue to labor in all fields providing for our needs. Health Care personal especially need our prayers.
Let us continue to pray for the victims of Hurricane Ida and the tornadoes and flooding that has taken place across our country due to its path. Let us continue to pray for the people of Haiti as they struggle with recovery from an earthquake. Prayers for the refugees of Afghanistan who are in new lands with new surroundings and new challenges.
In the Woodlands Community – prayers for Wendy and Don, Dodie and Jim.
“O God of wisdom and understanding, in mystery and silence you are present. You are always bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty. We thank you that you do not leave us alone, but labor to make us whole. Help us today to perceive your unseen hand in the unfolding of our lives and to attend to the gentle guidance of your Spirit, that we may experience and feel the joy you give your people. We realize that wisdom is more than gaining knowledge and understanding more than listening. Enable us to let go of heavy expectancies and shriveling anxieties. We come with praise and thanksgiving as we welcome this new day and trust that what we experience today will truly enable us to see you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly. In the Savior's name. Amen.”