This post from Laura Cerbus plays around with thoughts that are floating through my mind and that I can’t nail down.
If the current pandemic had occurred even fifteen years ago the current responses to it would be impossible.
If I hear another pastoral leader communicating about how they’re making productive use of this ‘opportunity’ or similar I think I’ll scream.
In another generation we’d be taking this as God’s intentional time out / time apart / time for personal self-reflection.
Part of the response of Christians has been to herd people into technologies that depersonalises and feed anxiety and have them spend more time in each other’s pockets than they did before the pandemic.
It’s as if the Christian response to a physical disease has been to rush headlong into technologies that express and feed a spiritual infection that is endemic in our age.
That’s my musings.
Here’s a slightly more sanguine piece of thinking.
It unpacks the spiritual benefits of being able to rest in God’s love and acceptance when the usual activities by which we all too easily measure our self-worth are taken away from us for a season.
Perhaps, in this time of quarantine, we will finally have time to tackle the project that’s been on the back burner for much too long. Perhaps great works of literature or art will be produced during this time. If so, let’s offer our work to God, thanking him for the space and soil for these things to grow.
But perhaps we won’t. Perhaps we’ve entered into a prolonged Sabbath — a rest from our striving to prove our own worth. If so, we can give up the false guilt that our culture puts on those who aren’t producing anything. We can rest in the love of the Father, who created and redeemed us, not because of what we are capable of doing, but because of his love. Full stop.
Read the whole post here.