Minister's Minute: Back to. . . normal?

Back to school, back to work, back to church. . . well not quite back to normal.

More and more, things seem to be getting back to a familiar routine. These routines are familiar, yet different at the same time as we download the newly revised checklist and double check our symptoms before leaving the house.

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In a year we have had so far, we crave for some sense of normal again. For my family, we have been looking forward for the return to school. However, this also comes with its own share of concern. It would be easy to simply choose a different option for schooling. We all know from painful experience that despite our best made plans, things can still go sideways, and the thought that things don’t go according to plan in a pandemic is scary.

Throughout Scripture whenever the People of God have been in situations of great uncertainty and fear, the voice of the Holy is never far off gently leading them and encouraging them to follow Jesus, God, the Divine into the great unknown. And they do, often reluctantly, but they do follow and in turn are transformed into new people with new possibilities and confidence. The same is true for us. Jesus calls us into the unknown, to boldly take the next best step for us, our family, our community. With each step we find God gently holding us in the uncertainty and enabling us to do more than we can ask or imagine.

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