Are you tired of hearing about a “new normal”? About this time we all are dealing with cultural grief and the desire for the ways things used to be, or at least a normal we recognize. We were ambushed by an unexpected and an unimaginable pandemic that has caused significant loss of life and our normal way of life. Things have gone terribly wrong and the “way it is supposed to be” seems turned upside down and unrecognizable. We are experiencing an unprecedented time of community and cultural grief, because of this interruption of normal life and wonder what the future looks like.
Some of you maybe feeling like Eeyore. You remember Eeyore? I’m reading from that great theologian, Winnie the Pooh.
Eeyore the old donkey stood by the side of the stream and looked at himself in the water. `Pathetic,’ he said, `that’s what it is. Pathetic.’ He turned and walked down the stream twenty yards, splashed across and walked slowly back to the other side and he looked at himself in the water again. `As I thought,’ he said, `no better from this side. But nobody minds. Nobody cares. Pathetic, that’s what it is.’ There was a crackling noise in the bracken behind him and out came Winnie the Pooh. `Good morning, Eeyore,’ said Pooh. `Good morning, Pooh Bear,’ said Eeyore gloomily, `if it is a good morning. Which I doubt.’
Probably the one greatest and disturbing revelations is the experiencing loss of the control of most things in our lives. But we are people who hope not in something that will make things better, but someone who will make things better. God reminds us that out of tragedy and trauma comes the potential for change, growth, and new insight. Rather than throwing our hands up in despair and discouragement, I would like to suggest a few things to create new rhythms for celebrating the moment find little ways to tackle the depression and grief that can overwhelm us and we quit growing and wait for things to get better. It is easy to find we are wrestling with the tension of faith, fear and feelings. Sometimes to get your life back, you have to face the death of what you thought your life would look like. However, we have a God who brings resurrection and new life.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
Dr. Mike Burns
Associate Pastor/Care Ministries