And now this word to all of you: You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.
I Peter 3:8 (Living Bible)
For the past few months, we have been doing human contact differently. We are, of necessity, being more cautious in our interactions. We are wearing masks (many, if not most of us), and we are keeping a bit more distance in conversations, even if not consciously. We are seeing fewer people, as our “safe circle” is not as large as before COVID-19. In short, we naturally curious and socially interdependent beings have become- less so.
Perhaps I am just speaking for myself. If so, please indulge me this space as a therapeutic response to feeling less connected to my brothers and sisters in the world. There were times that I would simply enjoy going up to a complete stranger and engaging them in conversation. Seeing someone I barely knew might result in an enjoyable conversation just for the fun of it. And these are the actions of someone who is just this side of an introvert. Imagine how the extroverts are getting through this difficult time.
I really am not wanting to complain. We all are suffering just a bit, and some are suffering mightily- physically, emotionally and/or financially. I am just suggesting that we take time to look at the social changes being wrought by this maddening Novel Coronavirus.
I recognize that this is a necessary response in order to contain this pandemic. I agree with the plans, however painful they might be. I wear my mask, and I do what I can do to stay healthy and try to ensure that others stay healthy too.
Maybe this crisis time will remind us, in a way that we never otherwise could have understood, how interconnected we are, should be and can be. As I have said before, let’s make sure that we come away with a greater appreciation of one another.
We cannot let this crisis go to waste.
Prayer: Father, we are grateful for the fellowship of humankind. Give us more appreciation for one another in this difficult time, Amen.