Written by cycleguy on December 28th, 2020

I posted this on my other blog. I thought I would post it here also.

Christmas reflections:

Friday-After a positive Covid test for me, Jo and Tami and some positive tests for the staff and friends of each of us, this is a really strange Christmas. It was going to be anyway because Janna and Braden were not going to be here. But even Tami can’t come over. This devotion may be a little longer than normal due to my observations but also because it will cover 3 days of observations.

Every year it seems we hear certain refrains from spiritual leaders, i.e. pastors.

  • Slow down. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have said that. “Pull away from the hustle and bustle and slow down,” I’ll say. Well, this has certainly been one of the by-products of covid isolation.
  • Stay home. No problem. And when I have said this in the past it was not a covid-ordered government mandate. We travel a lot visiting family and friends all over the place. We aren’t allowed to go out of the house so staying home is the norm. If we had gone to Ohio today we would have been snowed in. They got a ton of snow! White Christmas indeed! So we stay home and maybe watch some Christmas movies. {Note: we didn’t. Neither one of us felt like it}
  • Refocus. Honestly, how can you not? Gifts will be opened rather quickly instead of one at a time like we normally do going around the room. So when that is all done we get to focus on the real gift.

Saturday– This will forever be remembered in history as CC- Covid Christmas. Yesterday was strange. We Facetimed Tami as we opened gifts-she in her apartment and us here. We would have welcomed her here but MCCSC (her school corporation) monitors her during covid. So it was safer. Later Janna Facetimed us with Braden so we could see what he got. Everything was “Air this and Air that.” I guess I don’t see the fascination with giving a retired basketball player, whose stuff is made in China, all that money…but that’s me. All in all yesterday was an uneventful day. Lazy. Watched a little TV then head back to my “cave” to fall asleep. Other than the no taste and no smell issues, and a few others, the biggest by-product is the desire to sleep. I have slept more in the last week than I have in the last year. I remember Pastor Greg Laurie saying that was his biggest issue (wish I could say that). Some of that is boredom since I can’t concentrate on reading. I’m going to try to study today since I preach virtually tomorrow. Praying for extra grace today as I prepare for tomorrow.

Sunday– I’m writing this after the fact.  Sunday seemed to go off okay without a hitch. We were immensely blessed by the anonymous gift that allowed us to purchase the upgraded equipment. All in all though, I thought it went well. I chose to sit instead of standing. I’m not sure my stamina would have been there to stand the whole time and preach and remember.

Sunday afternoon was tough. I was weary but when I tried to eat some soup it didn’t stay in my stomach very long. But you don’t want here that saga. 🙂 It was a lazy day as they have all become. One family was really kind and brought some soup and crackers, a couple of baked potatoes, and some other items. Friday one family blessed us with Ensure and Pedialyte for me, some veggies  and soup and crackers. Saturday one family blessed Jo with some Zero and Diet Coke. I’m not sure about the other two on staff but I certainly can’t complain how we have been taken care of. Plus the texts and emails have been nice. Oh yeah…one family brought us a Christmas meal on Christmas evening after their family Christmas. Not that we could eat it or taste it. 🙂

Jo and I called it a day at 8:00. Yep 8:00. Seems to be about the norm these days. I’d like to believe I am on the mend. It has been a week since my test but well over that since I started showing symptoms. I should have been more honest and aware and introspective with myself. Gone to be tested sooner. Not gone to Ohio. Funeral? But hindsight is 20/20 and there is nothing I can change. It seems strange the way it has hit us all about the same time and in the same way. Others also have got it-part of our friends group-so there is a common denominator there somewhere. But who wants to try to figure that out. Not me. It is what it is.

I’ll close by saying I’m looking forward to putting this behind me and moving forward.


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Linda Stoll says:

    Oh Bill, I am so sorry to hear that covid has hit you and yours. Truly. I’m praying even as we speak.

    Rest well, don’t push yourself …

  2. Glynn says:

    Bill, take care of yourself and your family. My oldest grandson (age 10) and his mother just emerged from their basement quarantine on Christmas Eve after 10 days. This thing plays strange tricks with different people; my grandson became severely dehydrated and the only sign was stomach cramps. Use this time to rest and get well. I’m praying for you.

  3. I’m so sorry all of you are sick, Bill, but I’m thankful the symptoms aren’t worse than they are. As Glynn said, this virus seems to hit different people in different ways, and there’s no telling the outcome. Know I’ll keep all of you in my prayers!

  4. Wise Hearted says:

    Your story sound a like like ours, except I was in the hospital 6 days because of my kidneys shutting down. If I had only the covid to deal with they would have sent me home. Ace recovered at home. So, it was us two, our daughter and husband and both her in laws. Who was the passer is not known, never needs to be known, but we were the receivers of that awful virus but we have come out of it alive. My kidney issue will need more test as soon as they are healthier. I now only have one operating and they think it will stay that way so put all effort to save the other one. Our Son and family from California came yesterday and as type they outside in the 1 degree weather riding the snow mobile and enjoying the snow. I chose to continue to hunker down, why push it for a snow mobile ride. Ace and I did not go to church yesterday, again playing it safe and reserving our strength. the lingering effects is getting tired quickly, but most of the time feel pretty good. A young friend of ours, mother of two children died yesterday, covid on top of her other illness. It’s killing a few but most of us will survive to use more air. Ace and I plan, if God allows to start traveling and visiting missionaries home sometime in Jan or Feb. Until then we communicate by all social media’s. blesing brother to you and your family. Hang in there, rest, rest, rest when you body says to. It’s smart and will tell you when to rest.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks for the update Betty. I know you have had a harrowing story. I think you were wise to stay in. No sense wiping yourself out physically for a few moments of fun. I’m sure you watch other church services but I invite you to join us on Sunday morning at 10:45 (ET). But I do hope you keep getting stronger.