Prescription for the pandemic
The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented hardship to our nation and many other countries of the world. The physical disease itself continues to result in much sickness and death. The economic ramifications of the disease carry job losses, product shortages and higher prices. Restrictions on gatherings and travel cause discouragement and social isolation. The probable virus “spike,” even into the future, engenders fear and concern. For me, this time has brought bad news as I have lost something very close to me: my brother. On April 24, after being hospitalized and on a ventilator for almost two weeks, my older brother, Bob, succumbed to the effects of COVID-19. The experimental drugs were administered, but Bob’s physical body could not be saved from the ravages of the virus. My comfort is found in God’s remedy for man’s sin condition: the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A couple of years ago, during another health crisis, I was able to find out that Bob was trusting in that saving prescription. In his hospital room, Bob related to me his unrest after a particular struggle about the reality of life and death; and during that conversation, I was able to ask Bob if he was trusting in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for his soul’s salvation. With a hearty “yes” Bob gave verbal assent to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the saving solution for man’s soul. Though nothing could be done to save him from the deadly virus, Bob’s soul was healed when he placed his faith in the Gospel.
So, you ask, what is this prescription that all men must know about before they face their inevitable death? In the original language of the New Testament, the word “gospel” means “good tidings.” The Apostle Paul defined that Gospel in I Corinthians 15:3-4: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Again, in Romans 10:9, under divine inspiration, Paul writes, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” This is the good news of the Gospel which can save all men from their sins and send their soul to Heaven.
A prescription does one no good if they do not take it for themselves. We hear about different kinds of drugs which may be effective for COVID-19, but in every case, that drug has to be administered to the patient for him to see the results. And God’s Gospel must be believed on in the heart to save your soul for eternity. Friend, have you taken God’s prescription today? If I can be of help to you, feel free to contact me through our church website: middlefieldbiblechurch.org
Pastor John Howard
Hats off to resident
Chester Township Resident, Dal Lanese is a Great American.
Chester Township has many wonderful residents and our Dal Lanese is at the top of the list of greats.
When I worked for the Office of Veteran Affairs, Mrs. Lanese would contact me and ask if there was anything she or her family could do for our veterans. She often said, “We cannot do enough for our veterans.” She was the first to offer support for veterans’ events, nothing was too much to ask of her. And the sign that is posted in front of Chester Township Town Hall to honor our veterans during holidays, that sign was initiated by Mrs. Lanese and supported by township Trustee Walter “Skip’ Claypool and a county commissioner.
And she is such a good neighbor, if someone is injured or ill, she is the first one to call or knock on a door to offer help.
Mrs. Lanese is a woman of courage and lives her life by the tenets of high ethics, compassion and devotion to God, family and community.
Chester Township resident Dal Lanese is truly a great American.
Judy K. Zamlen-Spotts
Virus changes graduation
The Orange High School Class of 2020 has been robbed. First, like all of the seniors, high school and college worldwide, by this horrible pandemic. But, even worse, the OHS Class of 2020 has been robbed a second time by people close to them. For some unknown and unfortunate reason, our district administrators and board have rushed into a decision that is not worthy of our kids or what our district says it represents. For many weeks, the senior parents were told that the district had secured multiple, alternate dates for the senior events, such as senior dinner, prom and graduation, only to have that rug ripped out from under us with a seemingly hasty decision for a ‘virtual graduation,’ which is really nothing much more than an overpriced, glorified slide show. You have seen in the news and on Facebook the virtual graduations being held in Kirtland, Kenston, Warrensville Heights, North Olmsted, Harvey, the list goes on and on. This is not what Orange has done. There is no walk across the stage before being filmed and included in this virtual ceremony, just a slideshow with speeches. There is no school sponsored parade for these seniors. There is no presentation of their commencement at a drive in theater where they could all be together. The OHS Class of 2020 has been robbed.
Oh, the district has scrambled and created some opportunities to make it look like they are doing all they can. A prom promenade photo op was scheduled. But if they could not schedule to have kids walk across a stage because they could not control the social distancing, how is it that all of a sudden they can control social distancing for this? Oh, there will be a diploma ceremony at a yet undetermined time in June and the production company they have hired will be there to film that. Then why do they insist that the slide show has to be ‘aired’ on May 31? Just because that was the original graduation date? I think we can all agree that we are in unprecedented times and trying to adhere to a schedule that was put in place prior to these events is not what is important. I believe that these kids (and their parents) would be willing to wait a week or so for them to have their moment.
I am sad, frustrated, angry and disappointed that a district I specifically chose for my children, one that promotes itself as a leader in innovation and whose own website states “To Learn, To Lead, To Make a Difference,” is not doing any of these things for the Class of 2020. They are not learning, they are definitely not leading (as can be seen in comparison to what other districts are doing for their seniors) and they are definitely not making a difference.
I am broken-hearted for my senior and her classmates. In the end, however, while our seniors are missing out on graduation and other milestone events, and that is a horrible loss, it won’t define them. But it will define this board and administration. This failure and unwillingness to do everything possible for these kids will be their legacy.
Thanks to Steve King
Thanks to Steve King for being our dentist and our friend for the last 40 years. His old office in the house was a short walk down the street, and he became our family dentist shortly after we moved to Chagrin. He has always been professional and available to help us with our dental needs, whenever they occurred. The staff in the office has been friendly and helpful. We will miss them all from a professional standpoint, but look forward to seeing them as friends in town.
Gary and Kris Welch
I commend and thank editor emeritus, Dave Lange, for his thoughts “Keeping our real-life heroes safe.”
It should also appear in the Op Ed sections of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Hope all had a meaningful and wonderful Memorial Day .