On January 1, 2020 we awoke to the promises of a new year. 2020 – a year, by its very definition, suggesting clarity, greater vision and new perspective. Launching full speed ahead into healthier eating, exercise commitments, social interactions, traveling and unparalleled accomplishments, many of us lamented 2019 but chose to focus on the prospects of a brighter 2020. A new year, a new beginning, a fresh start.
Just as the ice and snow were fading into memory and the darkness of Daylight Savings Time gave way to Spring, we took a sucker punch below the belt that sent us down for the count. A haymaker that landed and was felt ‘round the world. Everything stopped. Stop, in the name of glove. And mask. Then the surreal became the so real. While we hid at home it began to hit home. This wasn’t something happening on the other side of the world. This was happening to the entire world. We sheltered in place as Passover arrived, reminding us of the lamb’s blood and the Angel of Death. Social distancing kept us from corporately celebrating resurrection and new life.
Businesses tweaked, TeleHealth peaked, Wall Street shrieked and people freaked.
But the best of humanity refuses to be held down. It rises like a phoenix from the ashes. Individuals push through the impact on their personal lives and come to the aid and rescue of others. When all the material things, schedules and trappings of the world are torn away, what not only remains but flourishes is the human spirit. Reminding us that in the worst of times, we are resilient and resourceful. We get hit hard, there is damage, there is loss, but there is hope. There is humanity. We can persevere and we can choose to come out of this richer for the experience.
This pandemic is a powerful equalizer. We will all be changed. We have the potential to be infected with compassion. We can heal from self-centered lifestyles and we can recover from myopic vision. When it comes to life, we are all in this together. You are not in my way, we are here for each other. Maybe we had to be separated in order to realize just how much we need each other.
More than oil, more than money, our greatest commodity is love. It is limitless, costs nothing to produce and grows stronger the more you give it away. It is our greatest natural resource. When all is said and done, it’s not how we lived, but how we loved.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV