The following is from one of the most caring, tender-hearted, passionate young women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  I say that because she is my granddaughter. Her name, when translated, means a double portion of grace and indeed she is. May what she has to say touch your heart as deeply as it has touched mine and many others.


by Hannah Yoder Hall

[Originally published on Facebook on March 24, 2020] I typically don’t post on Facebook but there is something that desperately needs to be said about this situation we find ourselves in.

It is scary. It is uncertain. It is unlike anything we have experienced before. But, there is something we can do to help protect those around us, those working in healthcare, those fighting to keep us safe. And if we do this, we can not only help those more vulnerable than ourselves, we can be a part of bringing an end to this virus and get back to normal life.

So I ask you, no, I beg of you— please stay home! I know that many of us need to be around others, need to have constant activity and need to engage with community and the outside world— that’s normal. But right now, you’re putting others at risk by choosing to go out, by inviting others into your homes and living life as normal because, let’s face it, this situation isn’t normal.

Yes, the recommendations by the CDC, the WHO, and our elected officials are drastic. Yes, they’re uncomfortable. Yes, they’re not what some of us may agree with. But they’re what needs to be done in order to flatten the curve and stop the spread of this thing.

In my family in VA, there are 10 of us. 4 of those people are considered to be in the high-risk category. That’s almost half of my family that’s in danger from this virus— and only 1 of them is a senior citizen.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, this virus can impact you and the people you love. Think about those who are elderly, immune-compromised or have respiratory issues. If you don’t do it for your family, do it for mine. Do it for the countless other families who have loved ones who are at risk. All you have to do is stay at home.

And please, if you need someone to talk to, to vent to, to pray with you, anything— call someone! At this time community is still so important, it just needs to look a little different ❤️


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