Check Your Closeness
We visited with my in-laws (Jeff’s parents) this week. It was the first time in two months. We’d been delaying a visit because they are in a high-risk category.
But we decided with safe physical distancing, we could talk outside for a bit.
And it was delightful. For them and for us.
But it was also weird. We had to check our internal calls to get closer. We typically hug hello and hug good-bye. We typically sit close and chat.
Not this time.
The life-and-death risk outweighed the benefits. For them and for us.
Concerns Are No Joke
Back in the moon shot days of the 1960s, scientists encountered a similar threat. They weren’t sure if the astronauts would leave potentially destructive germs on the moon (forward contamination). And/or if the astronauts coming back from the moon would bring potentially destructive organisms back to the earth (backward contamination).
Dan Heath explains it in Upstream. He adds,
“It might be tempting to mock these fears now, with the infallibility of hindsight, but this concern was no joke. Existential risk was in the air.”
One day we may look back on 2020 and see we were unduly afraid of risks that weren’t valid.
But right now? We’re still in the unknown. Existential risk is in the air.
NASA still keeps up its efforts to reduce contamination. Catharine Conley was one of the Planetary Protection Officers (formerly called the Planetary Quarantine Officer, interestingly enough). Conley said,
“So far as I can tell, planetary protection is the first time in human history that humans as a global species decided to prevent damage before we were capable of doing something.”
Heath adds, “May there be a second time.”
This is a second time.
Heath didn’t know when he wrote the book that as I was reading it, we are living in the second time.
May we continue to proactively prevent damage to each other.
Our Featured Post
In our featured post, “Draw Near,” blogger Linda Gill writes about drawing near, while staying apart, with her prayer partners on a Monday morning. It’s a beautiful story.
And so is her conclusion. Linda writes,
“BUT…the sweet news I share is that we are never…no NEVER…far from Jesus. He calls us to be near to Him.”
Read it all here. Linda always shares gentle, godly wisdom at her blog, beingwoven.org.
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