I hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and secure; that you’re taking the necessary and required steps to reduce risk in your home, community, and yourselves. The past few weeks have been very challenging for our community and nation. The unprecedented change to our daily activities and the uncertainty of what the future holds for each of us is perplexing. Almost overnight, the Coronavirus has spread rapidly worldwide. Our accustomed ways of relating and interacting—at work, school, church, and recreation—have been radically changed. Yes, there are still more changes ahead. However, there is another syndrome that is spreading just as fast: fear. Fortunately, all of us can do something to overcome fear. Just remember that fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or threat. My personal belief is that the fear factor can be conquered if all of us show and give a greater quantity of infectious love, patience, and encouragement.
Photo by Coy Ferrell, Fauquier Times
Encouragement is a responsibility that each of us can employ to others in many different ways over the course of the day. No matter where we live, most of us have neighbors. It does not matter if we already know and love them, or if we have ignored and avoided them. There is no time like the present to reach out and find out how they are doing, and to offer a helping hand. We can complain, or we can value every encounter that we have and use it to strengthen the bonds of whatever community we find ourselves in—or whatever new forms of community that may arise from COVID-19. We should have concern for our family and friends and extend that love and concern to every person who might cross our path.
As we approach the Holy Week, let us be motivated and accept changes as never before. These current times of insecurity affect all of us, and we will need to make sacrifices that are not common in our daily lives as we knew it. We must never forget that our Savior’s sacrifice, as sobering and terrible as it was, gained its deepest and most wonderful meaning by what came after it—and therefore after every instance of destruction and even death; there is the hope and the promise of the resurrection for all of us.
As your President, I plead to the members of this great Branch of the NAACP, and to each of you reading this, that you remain strong in your faith, continue to be encouraged as well as encouraging to others, and pray for all nations of the world for heath and peace.
“Joy comes In the Morning”
Blessings to All,
Dr. Ellsworth L. B. Weaver, Sr.
Fauquier County Branch – NAACP
"It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away." - Abraham Lincoln