In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is much talk of a “new normal” for virtually everyone in our world. Labeling it so is one way we name it so that we can cope with all the change it has created in our lives.
Initially, there was not much that seemed normal, but as the days go by, it seems like there are some good things amidst the daily tragedies of lost opportunities, suffering and grief. I am amazed by the heroic response of our emergency and health care workers, educators, parents, and innumerable people who have selflessly given of themselves. I am humbled to see the families who are spending so much time together out of their normal routines and families apart who are struggling and missing important family times. Many friends and neighbors are strengthening their connections. Help comes from unexpected places.
As much as we love our buildings, we are finding that we still are a church when we are not regularly in our building. An old Avery and Marsh tune goes, “The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people. I am the church. You are the church. We are the church together. All of God’s people, all around the world, yes, we’re the church together.”
And so, in this not-normal-at-all time, God has called us to be the church, to be God’s people in this world, in this not-normal reality. Let us pray that we can love God and love our neighbor as we walk through this time together.
Pastor Linda Miles