My heart breaking for my neighbor and her family, the unknown they are facing. I'm reminded of what I read a few months ago:
"We are fearful people. We are afraid of conflict, war, an uncertain
future, illness, and, most of all, death. This fear takes away our
freedom and gives our society the power manipulate us with threats and
promises. When we can reach beyond our fears to the One who loves us
with a love that was there before we were born and will be there after
we die, then oppression, persecution, and even death will be unable to
take our freedom. Once we have come to the deep inner knowledge -- a
knowledge more of the heart than of the mind -- that we are born out of
life and will die into love, that every part of our being is deeply
rooted in love and that this love is our true Father and, then all forms
of evil, illness, and death lose their final power over us and become
painful but hopeful reminders of our true divine childhood.
Still, when we keep our eyes fixed on the risen Lord, we may find not
only that love is stronger than death, but also that our faith is
stronger than our skepticism."