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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message March 1, 2015

Second Sunday in Lent


Do you see her over there? On the other side of the orange-mesh barrier? The one who has just spent fifteen minutes putting on personal protective equipment that looks strikingly like a hazmat suit? The one who has just been doused in a chlorine solution? She’s about to enter one of the many white tents that comprise the treatment facility. She’ll spend only an hour or so administering medicines and cleaning up patients before she will be overcome, not only by her own sweat within the safety vestments, but by the emotional toll that comes with caring for the writhing, the stinking, the crying collection of sick and dying people. She will exit only to be redoused in chlorine, to monitor her own temperature regularly, and to hope that her short shift will have done some good for someone.

What is the price of compassion?

For healthcare workers serving on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic, it just might be exorbitant. As the organization Doctors Without Borders attended to the crisis in West Africa between March and October of 2014, twenty-four of its staff members contracted the virus, despite mindful adherence to strict protocols. Of the twenty-four, just eleven recovered. Still, in that timeframe, 3,200 doctors, nurses, and other support staff were willing to negotiate that price (

To know the risk, yet proceed with the mission anyway—is this not Christlike selflessness? To be willing to make a potentially fatal sacrifice in order that another might live? Didn’t Jesus speak to that? Didn’t Jesus actually do that?

In your Lenten journey this week, what will you be willing to risk? What are you hoping to gain? How big a dare might you take to enact love?


Chris Johnson, pastor, Fry’s Valley Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio


Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, September 21 — Psalm 108:6–13
1 Samuel 13; John 1:43–51

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

Creator of the universe, what a privilege you have gifted to us! You have entrusted us to care for the beautiful world that you have created. May we be worthy of that trust. May we tend your garden well. Teach us to be wise stewards and to care gently for the earth and all her creatures. Amen.

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