A few weeks ago you heard the heart of my granddaughter, Hannah Yoder Hall. Recently her mother, my daughter, Tracy Wilhelm Yoder, sat down to share her heart on what so many of us are experiencing as we go through this strange journey together. It touched my heart and made me feel bonded to so many others. May we all grow from the love of God as we walk this journey together. We are not alone.
What is normal right now?
by Tracy Wilhelm Yoder
One of my most favorite things about Facebook is the memories. I love being reminded of God’s faithfulness, of my children’s sweet faces, of day’s gone by – and the thought occurred to me: how will we remember this time? Will we remember the things we sacrificed or the things we gained? This is more for me so that this day can pop up one year from now, four years from now and eight years from now to help me remember this season, so if you’d like to read, please do. If my lengthy soliloquy annoys you, that’s okay. I understand.
What is normal right now?
- Gatherings of no more than 10 are not allowed
- Sunday church means a coffee cup and FB Live
- Lunch together consists of pulling your car up alongside your friend or family member and chatting across an open window
- Everyone is in need of haircuts for no barbers or salons have been open for longer than we can remember.
- Face masks are the most sought after accessory for it is highly recommended we wear them everywhere we go.
- All people must stand six feet apart whether it is while talking to a neighbor or standing in a grocery line.
- Unless a business is considered essential, all businesses are closed or operating at a limited capacity.
- The unemployment rate is higher than anyone in my lifetime can remember and people are talking about the 1920’s depression and the 2020 depression in the same breath.
- As of today, according to Johns Hopkins, the number of cases of COVID-19 globally is 3,386,519. The US leads the world in number of deaths with 1,115,848.
- The biggest heroes emerging are the doctors, the nurses, the EMS workers, the grocery store workers, the janitors, the postal workers and those who tend to the needs of the community. (The list could go on and on.)
Yet, while all of this paint an exceedingly bleak picture, some are finding treasures in the midst of it all.
- Families are reconnecting
- Life has slowed down for many
- Church attendance is up
- Weddings are occurring, even at home with just a pastor and the bride and groom
- Community spirit is much higher than before
- Altruism is on the mind of so many!
- People are realizing the power of two words, “THANK YOU!”
- Children are playing outside!
- People are being much more intentional about connecting, whether it’s through letters, or phone calls, or texts, with a simple, “How are you?” or “No, really?”
- We have begun to learn, as Billy Graham put it, “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.
To all those who have suffered great hardship as a result of this pandemic, please don’t think for a moment that my list has overlooked you. I cannot fathom your grief. Our family has known grief but not like yours. We were able to say, “Good-bye” to our loved one. You were not. We were able to hold his hand. You were not. I cannot imagine your sadness. I simply cannot but I pray that God, who watched His own son die and had to turn away from Him that we all might be saved, would bring you the deepest comfort and greatest peace.
- Wedding amidst Covid-19. Adam Jeffery@AJEFFERYPHOTO: Philip Hernandez (L) puts the ring on his bride Marcela Peru, as Clerk Recorder Erika Patronas (C) looks on, during their wedding ceremony on April 21, 2020 in Anaheim, California.Apu Gomes | AFP | Getty Images
- For link to the article on marriages, click https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/22/love-is-in-the-air-as-weddings-innovate-despite-coronavirus.html
- Sisters. Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star. Link to related article: https://news.northeastern.edu/2020/04/07/working-from-home-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-its-an-opportunity-to-help-your-kids-get-along/
- Girl in Grocery Store. Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com