“In like a lion, out like a lamb.” While this statement is traditionally used to describe the month of March, I confess that more and more I’ve been mentally comparing it to 2020 while replacing “lamb” with “Lamb.” Let me elaborate.
With a husband in the US Public Health Service, Covid-19 has been part of our daily dialogue since mid-February when he spent two weeks in California assisting the Diamond Princess passengers followed by two weeks of home quarantine. My boys’ soccer coach thought we were making an elaborate excuse when we said we had to miss the first few practices of the season in order to isolate. My how times have quickly changed!
From March through May, the world became obsessed with the Pandemic, yet I noticed that God was rarely mentioned (except at church, of course) by anyone. From high to low I had the impression that science and human will would save the day. How many times did we hear something like: “We will get through this together!”
Enter June and the riots. As people watched the brutal murder of George Floyd and the ensuing violence, it seemed that a shift occurred. Yes, frustration and anger and fear are still high, but from many diverse platforms the name of God is being proclaimed as the remedy to what ails us. I pray that 2020 will be remembered less as the year of Coronavirus and racial division, and more as a true Great Awakening when Americans turned their hearts back towards the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
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