Guest Post — Evangelism by Holly S. Morrison (On Getting a Covid Shot on Easter Monday)

Evangelism

(On Getting A Covid Shot on Easter Monday)

There’s an angel in the middle of it.
Was it the nervous, thin woman,
checking paperwork at the door,
Or the man with the Congolese accent,
asking me questions about my health,
in a beautiful reversal of Ellis Island?
Maybe it was the trans nurse, who
checked me in and chatted, revealing
our shared love of model trains,
“but not N gauge,” she laughed,
showing me the span of her sure, strong hands.
Or maybe the angel is every one here,
paid or volunteer, each one kind,
driven by solidarity and love, so that
I think of that old, hard word
from my Sunday school days,
And feel like spreading this
Public Health gospel, ’cause it feels
so good, so good, so good.
I want to sing praise songs,
To share the good news:
There’s an angel in the middle of it.
This old rec center-turned-vaccine clinic
Has me ready, at last
to embrace (after all this time!)
That word, in the name of these
Public health angels
Who wield syringes
instead of harps and wings.

–Holly S. Morrison

(permission granted for sharing with attribution)

I hope you see the “angel in the middle” in evangelism. Then I hunted with only the word “angel” in the wonderful Art in the Christian Tradition resource … and this was the first offering!!

Air Force Medical Service Art. Abbie Sweetwine Treating Injured, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Drawing_of_Abbie_Sweetwine_treating_injured.jpg.
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2 Responses to Guest Post — Evangelism by Holly S. Morrison (On Getting a Covid Shot on Easter Monday)

  1. What a tribute to the people who do the work to bring a better day to us – and to the spectrum of humanity and divine compassion. Thank you, Holly S. Morrison.

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