Can anything good come out of this?

Saturday morning, the sun is shining but it is still quite cold. White anemones and tussilago shine brightly towards us on our walk. Spring is on its way and it always raises a great feeling in me. So much beauty ahead of us.

But, we are in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic and in recent weeks the hospitals have once again had to change to provide space and care for all people with severe covid disease. We have learned a lot over the past year and the care we can provide has gradually improved. But corona continues to lead to serious illness and death and even the restrictions have many negative consequences for most people.

I long for the life that was before the pandemic with an open church, closeness and hugs, lively conversations around the dinner table or at the church coffee, to meet my patients without a mouth guard and visor.

Can anything good come out of this? Yes, I want to believe that. I think that when we friends are seen, we are so happy about it so the conversations become deeper and more important. The joy of being able to meet outdoors has led to longer and more wonderful walks. Unnecessary job meetings have been minimized. Getting to hug my vaccinated 88-year-old father and my 83-year-old mother felt like something very special. I have been able to attend more of the Church meetings during Easter thanks to digital broadcasting. Life is not as intensely active, which has provided much-needed rest. Hopefully we have helped our climate due to less flying. Many times over the past year, I have felt a deep gratitude for not being infected, despite the fact that I have worked in healthcare all the time. I have more often than usual thought about all the good that still exists in life and all the people who are important in my life. It feels as if my faith in God has deepened during this pandemic year.

“See how the wind of God carries, how everything turns right here. You are loved just as you are ” (Psalm 827).

In the elevator that runs between the Intensive Care Unit and the delivery at Karolinska: Text for “Lean on me” with Billy Winters.

“Lean on me” med Bill Winthers. 

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won’t let show

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can’t carry
I’m right up the road
I’ll share your load

If you just call me (call me)
If you need a friend (call me) call me uh huh (call me) if you need a friend (call me)
If you ever need a friend (call me)
Call me (call me) call me (call me) call me
(Call me) call me (call me) if you need a friend
(Call me) call me (call me) call me (call me) call me (call me) call me (call me)

I want to wish all of my friends in the congregation all the best 
/ Karin