The World Just Changed!
We have all been through a lot since March. To say that our whole world changed is an understatement. How we will deal with the changes COVID-19 is putting us through is yet to be determined, but there is one thing for sure, our new normal will look very different from our past. Each of us can honestly say that we have been impacted in some way or another by coronavirus. We have lost jobs, loved ones, friends, or had to become educators for our children and grandchildren as schools closed across the country. We’ve seen or have been the ones struggling to feed our family, waiting in line for a box of free food. We have wrestled to cope with isolation and the depression it brings for fear of contracting the virus. Yet, all these changes are not unique to the United States, these same changes are happening in rich and poor countries all around the world.
As the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. continues to climb, we are faced with coming to grips with yet another crisis, the bold and savage murder by a Minneapolis police officer of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. Floyd’s murder, captured on cell phone video by a 17 year-old, was so brutal that people across America and around the world took to the streets in protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Protesters of all races and ages continue to march in solidarity demanding an end to systemic racism in every American institution and the removal of racist symbols publically placed by the government. Yes, all of this in the midst of a global pandemic.
Who knows how this will all end; will a vaccine be developed to prevent COVID-19? Will the U.S. finally realize the scourge of our country’s racist past and seek a cure to economic, social and criminal injustice? Will we work together for solutions to the global crises that threaten our people and our planet, or will we squander this opportunity for change and settle for getting back to our old normal? I am a firm believer that we can’t control time; we can only control what we do with it. God is truly trying to tell us something. Our world has changed, let’s hope we make the most of it and change our hearts and laws too.