“Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.” —Psalm 91:60
- COVID-19 has stalked the whole world this year. Fear motivated
unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions. We do not need to live in
fear, even though death inevitably awaits each of us. Jesus said in
John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in
me, though he die, yet shall he live.”
- In July we visited Aunt Mattie, who graduated from high school in
1942. During World War II, people worked extra hours to support the
war efforts. She worked at Allis-Chalmers making parts for tanks
during the day and cooked for a diner at night. These long hours left
little time to worry. Unfortunately the government’s reaction to
COVID-19 put many people out of work and gave them lots of time to
worry and get into trouble.
- At Indigo BioAutomation I
am very thankful to work with a great team writing software that helps
clinical toxicology and reference laboratories automate their
chromatography and mass spectrometry quantitative analysis. After
staying home during the lockdown, I was delighted to work with the
summer interns in the office. We savored outdoor lunches
together. This fall I have been writing software to automate and
improve the results of the PCR assays used to detect SARS-CoV-2, the
virus behind COVID-19.
- Last December we visited Josh & Elizabeth Morris in Georgia.
We enjoyed seeing their new home, and they treated us to Zoo
Atlanta. Kyle Schmidt, who would later become Sarah’s fiancé, joined
us for the adventures and is an avid strategy game player.
- In January Stacy & I flew to warm & sunny Bradenton to
visit her parents, aunts, and friends. Two highlights were playing
pickleball and walking along Siesta Key Beach.
- In February Zach Elliott asked permission to marry Ruth, and on
May 30 they were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the
Elliott farm in Colfax. The 100 people who participated were so
thankful for a joyful time of fellowship after a lonely lockdown.
- In June we
joined Christ the
King Church of Thorntown, a church plant where Zach & Ruth
have been serving since the Elliotts moved to Colfax last year. We
really appreciate the in-person worship, fellowship, and community
outreach. I helped the church become a non-profit corporation.
- Ruth is expecting a baby next spring, and I am thrilled to be a
- By God’s grace all twelve of us plus my unborn grandchild got to
visit Zion National Park and the north rim of the Grand Canyon in
August after rescheduling the trip three times! We were so thankful to
spend a week together seeing the spectacular sights! We all stayed in
a rental house in Hurricane, Utah, and traveled in a rental van. We’re
glad that Ruth is no longer so green from morning sickness.
- In family devotions we use a systematic daily
plan to read through the Bible in about 4 years and find the
summary animations from the Bible Project very
helpful. We enjoy World Watch
daily news videos, and I listen to Dr. James
Dobson’s Family Talk
- The cancellation of so many activities this year caused us to gain
a new appreciation for the value of physical
presence. The Social
Dilemma documentary explains how the technology that connects
us also manipulates, distracts, polarizes, and monetizes us. We have
become much more sensitive to free services, because they sell our
time and attention to advertisers. We switched our e-mail, contacts,
and calendars to Fastmail.