By Larry Martin Sr.

This virus is like a snake. It sees its prey and sneaks in for the attack and then it is all over. The virus has a lot of uncertainty. You cannot see it, taste it, or smell it. I called the local funeral director in Dunn. I asked her with this coronavirus going on what are the funeral arrangements for a loved one who passes away. She said that less than 50 people can have a regular funeral service and wake. If you have more than 50 people who want to attend the funeral service, you can go online to watch the funeral of your loved one. Cape Lookout National seashore is limiting its operations to protect against COVID19. Durham’s mayor issued a stay-at-home order. A stay-at-home order was also issued for Wake County until April 30th. We are told that we are not to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway. And the restaurants in Dunn are closed to those dining in, but are turning their extra food into a labor of love as they are prepared to serve the workers at Betsy Johnson Hospital and the Dunn Emergency services staff.


As I looked up to the sky, I said a prayer to God, “Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages ‘curing every disease and illness.’ At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.” (A Coronavirus Prayer, Kerry Weber, America Magazine) We need to keep our distance.


I told God that this virus doesn’t care how old you are or about your health issues. We need to take one day at a time. If you think that this virus won’t affect us, you better think again. This COVID19 doesn’t have any sympathy for you.


Our Commander-in-Chief said, “I would like to have the country open by Easter.” I say that is ludicrous. The town manager of Erwin said that we haven’t seen anything like this since 1918 and none of us were alive back then. What is most worrisome is that we don’t know how long the virus is going to be here. It is the little things that mean the most.


On March 31st, 2020, the whole state of North Carolina was told to stay at home. Let’s not forget the men and women on the front lines like those working in our pharmacies and grocery stores as well as the nurses, EMTs, and police. There are a lot of people going through sadness and anxiety. We can all be rest assured that we are all in this together and that God will help us to get through this.