We don’t feel that much these days, do we? 2020 has been a year for the record books — and not for good reasons.
Immeasurably more has felt far away in these days of grief and mourning.
Yet, somehow, in the midst of the dark pilgrimage we’ve all been on, there has been light:
- People rising to the call to care for one another at the expense of their own comfort and convenience,
- Small businesses banding together to make sure that sheltering in place didn’t mean shuttering their doors forever,
- Faith communities making medical gowns from plastic bags, distantly serving food, and pivoting greatly to continue ministering in so many other needed ways,
- Health care workers jointly serving as ministers as they became the go-between for so many who could not physically see their families,
- Those same workers putting themselves in harms way everyday to live into an oath to care for those around them at the expense of themselves,
- Teachers, preparing to step into classrooms where their lives will be put at risk – for much too little pay, – in response to their deep love for educating children,
- Change coming on the front of racial justice as the evil institution of systemic racism begins to fall a little more with each passing day …
Immeasurably more seems a little closer when you put things into perspective.
Yes, 2020 has been a difficult year. This does not mean that all has been darkness. This does not mean that all hope has been lost. It seems to me that, through people like you and me rising to the occasion, God has been doing immeasurably more — even in this.
Let’s keep rising and believing that immeasurably more than this is still ahead of us.
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine …”
Ephesians 3:20 NRSV