It's not over until it's over!
Dear Parish Family,
Do you remember last March when we first heard about the Coronavirus and the first "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order came from our governor? tHat was on March 25, 2020. In the first couple of days thereafter, In heard several folks, in what I might call a "say it isn't so!" tone of voice, asking if the pandemic might last as long as a few months! Speculation that a year later we would be still in this landemic would have been too much to bear. but here we are!
I think that the folks of All Saints have been amazingly cohesive and faithful as a community during this year in which our building has been shut down. We can joke about seeing each other in our flat "Hollywood Squares" on Zoom, but seeing each other has been wonderful! No doubt we experience a degree of Zoom fatigue when some of us have several meetings on Zoom during a week, but Zoom has been a blessing!
I am not using the term "blessing" loosely. Quite frankly, given the level of disorientation that goes along with isolation, what would our current lives be like spiritually and emotionally without Zoom? Is it too much of a stretch to believe, given the enormity of the worldwide cataclysm of Covid, that Zoom and other digital tools have been provided providentially by God? And, looking at another parallel emergent scientific "miracle", could the speed with which the development of our currently available vaccines have happened without divine intervention propelling scientific inquiry and research? I doubt it. Yes, I can imagine these interpretations being criticized as being theologically naive or simplistic. However, I would rather be faulted for over-belief than having these blessings construed as just "good fortune" or "luck".
However, as in so many other realms of life, the work of god toward defeating this pandemic cannot prevail without human conscience and commitment. Vaccines are not a panacaea, especially if people refuse to get vaccinated. This foe is not surrendering, but instead keeps reinventing variants of itself. And the ":instant gratification culture", which we have fostered for decades, keeps erupting in Spring Break beach hordes and other refusals to distance and mask. The spread is surging again, with alarming numbers of infections rising, both here ad in Europe (a few nations again on shut-down!).
When the spokesperson of the CDC, in speaking about this new fourth surge, say, "I'm going to reflect on the recurrent feeling I have of impending doom", it is beyond time to recognize that it is possible for us to run out of time. Without discipline, the Coronavirus, with its increasing variety of DNA mutations, just might very well prevail.
We all want to be free from constraints on gathering, movement and travel. We all long to be able to gather when and where we found meaning and connection pre-pandemic. But, at present, the battle is joined, and we must double down, not so much for ourselves, but for those who cannot, and even for those who will not, suffer for the good of all. Isn't that WJWD?