Tuesday, March 24, 2020

COVID-19: Should health measures be loosened due to economic toll?

“Lawrence Sum­mers, a Har­vard eco­nomics pro­fes­sor and for­mer U.S. Trea­sury Sec­re­tary, said much of this eco­nomic toll would be hit­ting the U.S. even with­out gov­ernment-man­dated re­stric­tions. Fears of con­ta­gion would likely be dri­ving peo­ple on their own to avoid restau­rants, air­planes and ball­parks, even with­out gov­ern­ment man­dates, such as man­dates in New York and Cal­i­for­nia that peo­ple stay home.

“A large part of the dis­lo­cation is caused by the coro­navirus and not by the pol­icy re­sponse caused by the coro­navirus,” Mr. Sum­mers said. “I don’t think we need to turn this into a dol­lars-ver­sus-lives thing at this stage.” He said the best choice was likely ad­dressing the health risk, treat­ing the eco­nomic dam­age, and then work­ing to pre­vent fu­ture pan­demics.”

“As Economic Toll Mounts, Nation Ponders Trade-Offs,” Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

As the deer pants for streams of water ...

This morning I have read Psalm 42, and seen David’s words: “When shall I come and appear before God?”
After a couple of weeks absent from our congregation because of sickness, and now by emergency COVID-19 restrictions, I am better able to appreciate David’s longing.
Charles Spurgeon commented, “He who loves the Lord loves also the assemblies wherein his name is adored. Vain are all pretences to religion where the outward means of grace have no attraction. David was never so much at home as in the house of the Lord; he was not content with private worship; he did not forsake the place where saints assemble, as the manner of some is.”
I appreciate the opportunity of worshipping with the help of electronic means that so many churches including my own are providing, and thank God for them. Nonetheless it will be wonderful to worship again shoulder to shoulder with brothers and sisters in Christ.

March 19, 2020