The New Year is one of new beginnings and most of us are longing for a new season in our lives after this last year. We want a season that will bring an end to restrictions, fear and illness. As we come out of one season and into another, we do not draw a line, we are still carrying some of what has or is happening. If you think about it, this is just like the natural world as we see constant change going on around us. We see the new and growing, we see what is old and dying off, we see what is constant and critical to our very existence. It is a balance that is part of creation itself and if our world becomes imbalanced, we face real danger to our health, the air we breathe and the food we eat.
I believe that during 2020, and the pandemic, we have come to realise just how critical the balances we have established for ourselves are to our wellbeing too. To a great extent we had control over who we saw and when, where and when we would venture out of our homes, what we did with our
time. The loss of this freedom and the absence of those we need in our lives leads to an accumulation of health issues both physically and mentally. Part of the solution is having our freedom and health return to normal. Another is the hope of normality when we see a solution such as a vaccine on the horizon. For me, the most pivotal solution is each other. I have witnessed many examples of this where people are finding the ability to cope waning. The intervention by another human being, even a total stranger, has been the difference to coping or not.
We were not created for isolation but to live in community with one another. Our service of carols on the Glebe in December attracted large numbers. If you had seen the plans you would fail to find any resemblance to what was intended and what occurred. The weather was atrocious, resulting in the band going into the church. Many joined them, but many more remained outside in the rain. The music could not be heard clearly yet people sang and laughed. It was at that point I realised just how much I had underestimated the Saltwood resolve.
The deep desire to be together and do something familiar overcame all. I had much feedback that people had a great time. My hope for the future rests on this example that together we can and will overcome the challenges this year presents. I am already very excited about next Christmas and all that will take place between now and then, as we embrace the new season of our lives together.