When we look back on 2020, what will we reflect? Will it have been a strange blip in time which will have caused some people untold grief and given some a new direction, but which most will have soon forgotten as they go back to the old ways, to the system which we knew as normal? Will we be caught up in the busyness of life and all its joys and its troubles and the pandemic be like some strange dream?
Or will something have changed?
Do we want it to change?
According to one survey, 91% of us want change.
In today’s sermon, Lesley speaks about the jolt which the disciple Thomas had when he met the risen Christ. She then quotes from speaker and author Charles Eisenstein who suggests that Covid-19 is “like a rehab intervention that breaks the addictive hold of normality”. He adds: “When the crisis subsides, we might have occasion to ask whether we want to return to normal, or whether there might be something we’ve seen during this break in the routines that we want to bring into the future”.
We have made huge changes in how we do things in this lockdown. But what do we want in the future? What do we want for society? For church? What hopes do we have which are true hopes, not just some wishful thinking?
Can we have a discussion about this?