As a little boy I attended a small Methodist church in my hometown of Kings Mountain, NC. It was there I learned the song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”- with all of its motions might I add.
We instinctively understand the differences among the generations passing through this time on earth. We generally mark these generations by birth years, but even more so by those shared and defining events during their formative years.
A few years ago my wife, Jenna, and I began the overwhelming process of looking for a new home. One of the first things our realtor encouraged us to do was to make a priority list of must haves. For those of you who have undergone this painful process, you understand what I am talking about. The only thing on my list was a study and screen porch. But most people get lost in the weeds and include in their lists things like kitchens, countertops, yards, etc.
For many in the U.S., we are entering the third week of coronavirus quarantine. We are cocooned at home, properly social-distanced, and sanitized like a hospital ward. We ZOOM to work online, dressed for business from the top, and lounging in pajamas below the view of the webcam. It’s the new working reality. The internet was supposed to free our thinking, recapture our time, and make our world a better place, but we are not sure at the moment if it’s become the technological jailor that holds the keys to our captivity. We sit chained to a desk and peer out at the coronavirus flood through the portal of the “Good Ship Internet.”
I see a whole lot more of my kids these days. My office has been moved from Gordon-Conwell to my garage or the kid’s playroom, in-person meetings have moved to Zoom, church gatherings are online, schools have closed, sports and other activities have stopped, and our lives have just been interrupted. Interruption changes rhythms of life and can lend many children, teens, and adults to fear and anxiety.
We had warning, but we did not have experience. We knew the coronavirus was infecting people in China, on cruise ships, in Italy, and throughout Europe. We had warning, but we never experienced a global pandemic until it came.
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