A Return to Normalcy

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.‘”  Zechariah 8:4-5

Over the past months, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what I miss most in life during the time of the pandemic. On the positive side, my wife and I have both been home from work — me working from home as a teacher while my wife was laid off for 10 weeks. This allowed us to spend much time together as a couple which brought tremendous joy.

On the negative side, however, I’ve missed the regular company of my children and grandchildren plus the fellowship of my home church congregation. Those activities are hugely important to me, and especially important to my emotional well-being.

The prophet Zechariah speaks of a time when the people of Israel will return to Jerusalem after enduring a time of suffering and distance in exile. Once the city is full again, people will return to their normal activities which include adults socializing with friends and kids playing outside. In other words, doing the very things they had once taken for granted but now could not do.

Until things return to normal, there are things we can do. Like being grateful. Have you found yourself with a new appreciation for the simpler things in life? Have you let your family, friends, and neighbors know that you missed them?

God, may I have a renewed sense of appreciation for the little things in life. Thank you for your provision and for being there even in bad times. Amen.

By Rick Thiessen
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