It feels like the earth can breathe again
The birdsong sounds louder
The trees seem happier
The sky looks clearer
This all feels so surreal
It’s like I’m in denial
One of the stages of shock
Have we woken into a bad movie?
The AUS fires and Brexit
Seem like a long forgotten history…
Will #socialdistancing and #coronavirus
Make it’s way into the Oxford dictionary?
I ran by, and your social distance
Side step, made me wince
We are lepers to one another now
There is a strange sense of solidarity
Knowing that this things stretches
Across oceans and cultures
Humanity, is fighting on the same side, for a change…
Will new humanity get better after this dilemma?
Or will we settle for the same old…
There is a new normal
That should be birthed from this.
Let’s not abort it please…
An “unknown enemy” invasion has landed upon our shores
Sleep with one eye open
Rest well tonight
Which chalice do we get to drink from?
It’s as if a reset button has been pressed on the whole world
Is this lockdown a time for the world to slow down?
Today, I sat fully present
To a 20 minute podcast and a cup of coffee.
Fighting the urge to go on my phone,
But I resisted.
Now I can have weightier encounters of each moment:
More present in prayer
More present in conversation
More present in exercise
More present in basking in the sun
And while “we” figure out
How to fill the days?
To do a ministry that involves people
Without the people
I pray for those in the labs
The scientests and doctors
Who are researching a cure
A vaccine, an answer…
May wisdom, patience, endurance – be theirs
Down with the sickness
Down with the selfishness
Down with the negative media
Down with the hysteria
I hear of neighbours who haven’t spoken in years
Are now throwing words of conversation over their fences
Neighbours in whatsapp groups
Being in community, looking out for one another
It took something as dramatic as this
To get humanity do start doing beautiful things again
You see, you and I,
We can be better!