It’s been a long 10 weeks. Since the pandemic began, our lives have changed dramatically. As things have shifted, we have adjusted to new ways of doing things. We have had a steep learning curve forced upon us. This strange new world demands new skills. Even activities that we have done for years suddenly require new approaches. The whole experience is both exhilarating – we’re learning something new! – and exhausting – we have to ponder every move.
I want to pause in the midst of this time of learning and adjustment and say – I am proud of you. You are doing it. You have risen to the occasion in so many ways. Even if these adjustments have come only grudgingly and under duress, you are allowing your creativity to shine. In every renewed effort, in every fledgling attempt to meet the demands, and in every act of caring, I see the new life and new possibilities promised by our resurrection God.
Let’s take a moment and recognize all the effort that has been required in these last months:
- Parents who are juggling working at home with helping your children with online classes – good for you.
- Teachers who are skilled and knowledgeable in their classrooms and who suddenly had to engage in an entirely different way of teaching – thank you.
- Students, young and old, who are missing their friends, yearning for play dates, and craving time to hang out in person – you’re doing great.
- Nurses, doctors, lab technicians and health aides who are overwhelmed by the enormous increase in life-threatening cases – we are grateful for your efforts.
- Grocery store clerks, delivery workers, postal employees – all of you who never considered yourselves to be “front line” workers who make our economy run – thank you for keeping us connected.
- Restaurant owners who never had take-out service before and never considered outdoor seating – we appreciate your ingenuity and creativity.
- People who hang up hearts along the roadside and in front of their homes as a sign of encouragement and togetherness – thank you for sharing the love.
- Senior citizens who are venturing into realms of social media and mastering Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom – good for you!
- High school seniors who are missing class trips, proms, yearbook signings, and graduations – our hearts go out to you.
- Pastors, rabbis, and imams who have been transformed into videographers and on-camera preachers – thank you for learning new ways to share God’s Word and hope.
- Neighbors and friends who leave gifts of food, flowers, and kindness on doorsteps to offer encouragement and love – your kindness matters.
- Creators of cards to be delivered to nursing homes and hospitals – thank you for lifting spirits.
- Organizers of birthday parades, teacher celebrations, and student celebrations – thank you for sharing joy.
There is much that we are missing as we enter into our third month of pandemic and physical distancing but you have proven your resilience. You have demonstrated your creativity. You have lived your love and shared your empathy.
And I am tremendously proud of you and grateful for your efforts.
Good for you! Thank you.