During the third week of Advent, we are called to reflect on the theme of “joy”. It is much easier to make this a conversation about ourselves. Where are you finding joy during the pandemic? How are you nurturing joy and gratitude in your life? But, these questions can be burdens to us, instead of illuminating. There is so much emotional management that comes with an emergency, and as the situation in Marathon becomes more serious, it’s hard to outweigh fear with joy.
Thinking about “Peace” this second week of Advent, I’ve been reflecting on some of the responses we’ve heard from other communities who’ve had COVID-19 cases. Specifically, the harassment some who’ve tested positive have received. Emergencies tend to bring out our better angels, and our worst selves. “Peace” can be something we work for so zealously that we steamroll over others, or exclude people from the circle of community to preserve “our” peace at all costs.
It’s been a scary week. With news of a confirmed COVID-19 case in Marathon, a continued spike of cases in Thunder Bay, and countless other newsbytes that have us furrowing our brows. Let me tell you, I have not been feeling very optimistic recently. Yet, this week in the church calendar we are celebrating “Hope”.