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Monday Minute 5-11-21

My first time running AP exams has kept me busy and anxious to the point that I forgot my Monday Minute for yesterday. When I got back to school yesterday to count out today’s exams, I saw the reminder on my whiteboard. Oh well.

For a long time during this pandemic, I kept hearing people talk about returning to “normal”.  Of late I don’t hear that as much. What I do hear is “as things open up”, “when we return to a more recognizable rhythm”, and phrases like that. I wonder if that’s because on some level we know that we can never return to the “normal” we knew before. 

Some have lost a family member or friend to COVID. Some have seen family members and friends unemployed. Some have seen family members and friends suffer from the depression that comes from such a long isolation. “Normal” just doesn’t seem to fit anymore.

So, what does this all mean? I’m not sure, but I think we move forward in hope with a lived understanding that life can change in ways that we never expected or experienced before. Certainly, we are in a better place than we were a year ago, and six months from now we will be in a better place than we are now. It is easy to talk about the negative effects of our pandemic journey, but hopefully, we can speak, more and more, about the good things we have learned or experienced too.

Nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus say, “I have come to take all your problems away.” What Jesus does say over and over is, “I am with you always.” That can sound pious, can’t it? I can remember something that a wise spiritual director said to me many years ago. I was waxing eloquent about how I did not feel God’s closeness. She let me talk and then looked at me and said, “If God seems far away, who moved?” I have learned (sometimes painfully) that when I try to handle life on my own, I don’t do well. I have learned that when I let God in, I do better if I am willing to work at the relationship and if I am willing to let God lead.

Jesus_at_the_DoorOne of my favorite images of Jesus is the one that shows him knocking at the door. Look closely, and you will see that there is no handle with which he could let himself in. Perhaps that was a security measure back in those times, but the truth is Jesus can only enter my life, if I let him in; if I open the door. 

May I/we always be willing to open that “door”. That, I think, is one way our post-pandemic lives can be better and richer.

This Monday Minute is from Brother Hank, who is listening to “Hold on to Me” by Lauren Daigle. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq4x4CTnNXs

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