It's March 1st.
A year ago our state/country went into lockdown. Community which was building in so many areas (church, county, family) was wildly disrupted. In some ways, I feel like I lost a year. Though we are "back" things still feel disconnected in many areas. I turned the page in my planner, spent some time reflecting, and confirmed, "Yes, we, the Gherkins, are done."
We are alert, cautious and will social distance as wise. However, we are DONE with the disconnect. The church is called to be a community. Jesus called us to relationships. We are commanded to show hospitality....we have done what we could during COVID...we have loved by distancing...but it's time for us to take wise steps to getting back to who we are called to be, doing what we are called to do....
To be clear there were many benefits to being locked down, to our months of quarantine....slowing the schedule is good, recognizing how important relationships are is good, I discovered walking and walked MILES, there was peace and margin and joy in the midst of the unfamiliar....
The winter has been long and we're a long ways from spring (you know GREEN spring) up here, but I've turned a page. It's time. I'm done isolating.
February was hard in many ways....I haven't been able to work out for a month due to plantar fasciitis, Grandpa is getting cabin fever, four months of 24/7 caregiving and we are wearing down and out, a month full of family celebrations led to too much sugar consumption....
I'm turning a page.
Hello, March! I welcomed you too casually last year, I welcome you with respect this year.
Let's do this!