Dear Friends in Christ~
Today is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in in it!
How many times have I quoted Psalm 118:24? So many times! Every day is unique with all the quirks and wonderment that comes with each new sunrise. As I am writing this letter I feel the sunshine through the windows, I hear the birds singing, I sense the warmth of the summer heat and am a bit lulled into thinking that all is “normal”. Then I’m brought back to reality. It’s Wednesday and I need to prepare for recording the weekly worship service that will be uploaded to YouTube this weekend. I’ve already walked to the hospital for my PT appointment (long story that I won’t bore you with) where I entered the building with my mask on, got my temperature taken, wandered the empty hallways to the PT department. When I’ve completed my therapy I felt thankful that I can walk to wherever I need to go. I can feel the breeze on my face, I see the beauty of Lake Superior and I take time to be holy.
Indeed, things are not “normal” and there’s no telling when we will be out of this coronavirus season that we’re in now. I know there will not be a switch that will be flipped and we’re back to “the way things were”. So I’ve been thinking about what the new “normal” will look like and I can’t even begin to come up with any plausible answers. What I do know is that this is a time to dream, to try new things, to experiment, to try and fail then try again. There’s been a freedom in these past few months that we haven’t had the opportunity to experience in the past.
The author of the book of Ecclesiastes wrote that there is a time for everything under heaven. Even though this is a time for rearranging our thinking about what “normal” looks like, I do appreciate that this time can be an opportunity to try new things, experiment a bit, and to go ahead and fail, then try again. So, I’m going to continue to take deep breaths, wear my face mask, walk the lake trails and pastor to you as best as I can.