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Tea Tree oil
I learned about Tea Tree Oil on Thursday. Extracted from Tea Tree leaves by a process called steam distillation, Tea Tree Oil is a powerful disinfectant with proven effectiveness in fights against the spread of fungi, bacteria, and yes, viruses. The timing of this essential oil education was sublime. I was listless on Thursday afternoon, unable to write in a substantive way, unmotivated to return phone calls, and unwilling to absorb one more article about the unwelcomed guest. For thirty minutes, I just sat in my office chair, staring at the map of Charleston Harbor that hangs on the wall, wishing I could turn the clock back to 1987 or so, when my biggest concern in life was ensuring my bike chain was up for a ride to Pitt Street Pharmacy.
Meanwhile, over in the sanctuary, three energized saints readied cleaning supplies for a scrub down of the sanctuary. That’s where I needed to be. We kept our distance, of course, as we cleaned for the better part of an hour. It felt good to do something purposeful, instead of just drifting into nostalgia until further notice. As we scrubbed and disinfected the space, I absorbed information about tomato plant selection, stock market volatility, and yes, Tea Tree Oil. Most importantly, I felt like I had a regained some control of my day—reclaimed some purpose—instead of just handing my time over to melancholy.
Remember John’s version of the loaves and fishes story? Aware that a flood of thousands are looking for something to eat, the disciple Philip (and probably several others) sense that they have no power to assuage the hunger. About that time, a boy presents his basket of bread and tilapia. You know the rest of the story.
Friends, we can’t control the rate of clinical trials, the breadth of government intervention, or the number of ventilators constructed for hospital use over the next several months. Are we powerless? No. We can pick up a prescription for an elderly person, plant a garden, learn something new, and teach others a valuable skill we have already mastered—and of course wash our hands and stay home as much as possible. Cumulatively, these loaves and fishes give us the edge.
Reading for Today: John 6:1-1