What do you want the post-COVID world to look like?
I hope for the world to look like what it was, with a little more grace, gratitude, and love for each other. One where we can get back to work rebuilding our lives, working at our jobs, and connecting with our friends. We can step outside without the fear that we’re going to get sick. I look forward to a day when the handshake, hug, and high-five are allowed again. The basic human touch that reminds of our humanity, and that we aren’t alone. We can dream of a time when we get back to some semblance of normalcy when it comes to financial planning for the future. When employers are hiring again instead of firing. And every day that we go into work doesn’t carry with it the likelihood of being let go simply because of a declining economy. When our retirement savings are growing again instead of dropping precipitously. I look forward to a day when we can enjoy the simple pleasures of life, such as watching our favorite sports on TV, going to the movie theatre, and taking vacations.How do we feel about our chances? There’s been a lot of talk about a “new normal” and that things will never go back to the way they were. I read an article the other day that proclaimed that we are witnessing the death of the “high-five”. I hope that isn’t so! I think as long as there are children around, high-fives will continue to abound.We have collectively gone through a worldwide disaster- where all of our plans for the future were put on hold. We’ve watched as the projects we were working on have slowly crumbled into pieces right before our eyes. It feels as though an earthquake has destroyed life as we knew it, leaving a pile of rubble and desperation in its wake. We’ve gone from building for the future to fighting for survival in the present. Further, usually disasters have a way of uniting people together- rallying us to help one another. However, it seems that in this instance, it has caused us to fragment further as we all seek someone to blame. And we’re not quite out of the woods yet. Not only are we not out of the woods, but many “experts” are saying that a second wave is inevitable and it will be worse than the first. However, all is not lost.We need a new beginning. We are at a new beginning- whether we wanted to be here or not! Let’s look at this as a reset- a fresh canvas- an opportunity to rebuild from the rubble. An opportunity to dream new dreams and get back to work achieving them. We can do this. We can do it together.This Sunday we are going to look at how to go about this New Beginning- this Rebuild. Let’s go about it God’s way. In Psalm 127 we see a blueprint for New Beginnings. Let’s do it together. Whether you are able to join us in person at 10:15 am, or online- we welcome you to worship and grow with us wherever you are!God bless you- stay safe- and I hope you can join us this Sunday!-Pastor Nathan Rice