We got the dreaded phone call yesterday telling us that our son, Ben, had been diagnosed with a positive Covid-19 virus test. He lives in a large facility which has many different housing units (called cottages). Ben’s unit houses 30 men. All together, there are almost 500 people with all sorts of disabilities living there. Additionally, there are almost 1,000 staff members (including day and night shifts), doctors, nurses, and office personnel. In the last two months, over 150 clients and staff have tested positive. Some have already recovered. No one has died. We discovered yesterday that Ben was no exception to the Covid-19 bug.
It is so hard, because he cannot tell anyone how bad he feels, or where he hurts. They take excellent care of his physical well-being, but with 30 men to see to, they sometimes don’t notice things that we immediately pick up on about Ben’s feelings and needs. No one is allowed to visit at this time, so seeing to him for ourselves is now curtailed.
We have commended Ben to the Lord’s care at all times, and especially many specific times in his life, and we will do so once again. He (the Lord) has never let us down. Ben is 58 years old now, and we are both 82. We cannot do for him what we’ve always done before. We will be able to set up a “Zoom” meeting where we can see him face to face (a WONDERFUL invention)…but even if he should have to go to the hospital, we cannot be with him. That REALLY hurts! I’m reminded of an old hymn, and have been singing it over and over lately. The words go:
I must tell Jesus all of my trials, I cannot bear these burdens alone…in my distress He kindly will help me…He always loves and cares for His own.
I must tell Jesus all of my troubles…He is a kind, compassionate friend; If I but ask Him, He will deliver, Make of my troubles quickly an end.
Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior, One who can help my burdens to bear; I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus, He all my cares and sorrows will share.
Chorus: I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear my burdens alone; I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.