I love working with people, they genuinely fascinate me. I am constantly in awe of just how amazing people can be. Equally, I find myself shaking my head at just how bizarre people can be. The bushfires earlier this year brought out both the best and worst in people, but mainly the best. But with the arrival of COVID-19 people have gone slightly mad, and I have again found myself pondering both just how amazing people can be and yet in the same circumstances just how bizarre people can be.
The essential difference I think is that the bushfires pushed people together while COVID-19, by its nature, pulls people apart. This fundamental difference, I believe, needs to be recognised and responded to very intentionally. An excellent example of this is the need to re-imagine 'Social Distancing'. There is no question that at this time, to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is essential that we need to physically change how we interact because this is how we care and love for each other as we tackle the spread of the virus.
The word ‘physical’ however is the key. What happens, I wonder, if we start thinking about physically distancing ourselves rather than socially distancing? I suspect that if we focus on our physical distance rather than our social distance we will be more willing to care for others, to communicate, to share. I believe it is possible to limit the spread of the virus while maintaining high levels of generosity and care in our community; things that I suspect will be sorely needed in the days and weeks to come.
Finally, I would like to encourage you again to remember in the hurly burly of all things COVID-19 that Easter is almost here. The Easter story is always relevant to the world, but I wonder though, if COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity as people for the first time in a long time, to begin to seriously question what they know, and look for the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
May you be truly blessed in these strange times. Thank you all again for your encouragement and support, and I look forward to catching up with you socially soon, even if it is no physically closer than 1.5m or online.