During the COVID-19 lockdown, what did you want back? What did you not want back?
Forty days into the lockdown, that’s the question I posed to people in my circles—Facebook friends, church members, students. Someday it will be interesting to look back on this period and see where our minds and hearts were—and whether our lives truly changed.
Someday it will be interesting to look back on this period and see where our minds and hearts were.
So that’s how we felt after 40 days, just as some lockdown restrictions were being eased. How much will these 40 days change us? Will more people keep working from home? Will people remember “how isolation has brought community within my community”? Will we reembrace the “the ability to show up for people,” as one busy mom wrote, without “not having the time to show up for people”?
For me as a pastor, the lockdown has opened my eyes to the repeated longings of another pastor: “God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:8).
Then in a wistful moment I realized: Is this how Christ feels about us all the time?
Andy Nash ([email protected]) is a pastor in Denver, Colorado. He leads a study tour to Israel each summer. He wants it back next summer.