July 18, 2021 Reopening Celebration
We are purposefully celebrating the fact that the church is really open after our long year plus of COVID! It is true we have been gathering for quite a while, but the decision that we celebrate when things were officially and fully open was made at the May Session meeting; May of 2020! Here we are 14 months later and finally are confident that things are under control.
I was reading one of my journals, actually the year my Mom passed away. We were driving to St. Cloud and discussing grandparents and great-grandparents with our then 5 year old granddaughter Rebekah. She asked if my Mom made it to 100 years old. We told her no, but 99 is pretty good. She said that Grandma's mom will make it. “My siblings told me she's really close.”
In a connected story but in an opposite direction: then 9 year old Maggie was looking at some shiny stones on our dresser and asked what they were for. I explained they were for decorations and added, “Maybe we could use them at your wedding some day.” She replied, “You might be dead by then.”
Kids don't always have a clear picture of time and its passing. Our reopening today reminds us of the time that passed during the pandemic.