a nurse prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Looking at her questioningly she specifies: We now have enough vaccines - and we also know how to treat Covid at the hospital.  

Man - I think - that sounds somehow different from what we learn from the news. Does she just want to calm me down or spread a good mood - or is she serious?  

Happy and relieved, I set off on my way home.  

The fever comes in the night.

And chills.

And headaches.

And hot and cold shivers.  

“Men are daisies,“ my wife mocks the next morning and puts a cup of tea by my bed.

And paracetamol 2x500 mg.

I can hardly move and I am in a bad mood.  

Shouldn't I have gotten the vaccine after all?   

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Don't you get shaky knees and fickle thoughts just because of that little fever! – I think by myself.

I don't take the vaccines primarily for myself but in order to not endanger others - especially in my job with the many contacts and visits to the hospital and the elderly. So out of love. And so that we can finally put the freedom-restricting virus in its place from a global perspective.  

But this vaccination is not entirely selfless either: I don't want to catch a mutation anymore either.  

For God has not given us a spirit of fear – fear it is not a good counselor. ….but of power and love and a sound of mind. Love may be a little blind at times, or at least not always accessible to reason. But love is orientated towards the other. Love acts selflessly. And that's so important right now.  

And a sound of mind: test everything and keep what is good.

The good thing is that the side effects disappeared after a few days and the immune system has signaled: I am working. The good thing is that the 45-65 year olds are already being vaccinated here in Switzerland - and we are slowly but steadily approaching the famous herd immunity. The good thing is that even those who do not want to be vaccinated benefit from the willingness of others to vaccinate. Without any side effects.  

In other words, I'm ready for the second dose. Because there is no fear in love.  

About the author :

Marc Blessing is pastor at the Protestant Lutheran Church of Geneva, German-speaking congregation. He originates from Germany. Before serving as a pastor in Geneva he was Lutheran Moderator at the ecumenical foundation „Stiftung Kloster Frenswegen“ and pastor at the Lutheran Kreuzkirche in Lower Saxony. Before he was working in the Brussels office of the Council of the Evangelical Church of Germany towards the European Union. Marc Blessing has studied Theology in Bethel/Bielefeld, Marburg, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Oxford and Bangui/Centrafrique. He is married to Karin Blessing and they have five kids.


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