The following was released by Supervisor Federal Glover
Greetings, Contra Costa neighbor.
I have spent the past few days thinking about the unprecedented circumstances that have dominated our collective experience over the past year. The year began, much like previous years, with a sense of renewal and confidence that great things were ahead. Then the COVID-19 outbreak began. Renewal gave way to uncertainty and confidence gave way to trepidation. Like you, as the health crisis unfolded, I found myself wondering when it would all end. Like you, I feared for the future of my children and my grandchildren. Like you, I wanted a quick solution that would restore us to normalcy and revitalize our economic, health, and social well-being.
But this Christmas, even as we begin to administer vaccines, we are still constrained to curtail many of our holiday activities and forego some of our cherished holiday traditions. So in some ways, Christmas just does not feel quite like Christmas.
Yet I have no doubt that as we administer vaccines and continue to take protective measures, we will begin to find that normalcy we all desperately desire. Now while it may take some time, I have confidence we will get there.
Many of you belong to different faith traditions. But I ask you to indulge me as I share a thought from my own faith that helps me find strength this holiday season.
The Torah records the timeless story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. After 400 years of enslavement, the terms of their emancipation were arranged through their leader, Moses. Once the day of their departure arrived, they headed toward the Red Sea, full of hope and exuberance that the centuries of hardship had come to an end.
But it seems the Pharaoh, who had agreed to their freedom, had a change of heart. He marshalled a massive army and pursued them as they approached the Red Sea. As Israel saw the approaching army, clear that the intent was to do them harm; and as Israel looked ahead and saw the Red Sea, with no apparent way cross the turbulent waters; hope turned to hopelessness and exuberance to fearfulness.
In that moment, Moses exhorted Israel to trust in divine providence. The impossible became possible and as Exodus 14 records the story, the Red Sea parted, making a way of escape when no way seemed possible.
Some say this narrative is allegorical and not historical. Whatever it is, it is a lesson that at those times in our experience when a solution to our problems seems elusive; when we are caught between a proverbial rock and a hard place; when our faith is shaken and our hopes are dashed; there is a way just beyond what we may immediately see.
This Christmas, the lights of hope are shining. Even if you do not see them right now, rest assured they shine in the distance offering you assurance that this crisis will pass. Look for the light. Hold on to hope.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Supervisor Federal Glover