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Has the Lord Been Socially Distant?

Sunday’s sermon referenced Jeremiah 31:12

They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem. They will be radiant because of the LORD’s good gifts— the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and the healthy flocks and herds. 

I find that 2020 was a year where it felt as though the “bounty of the Lord” – the grain, the new wine, and olive oil – was distant. Especially as we ended a holiday season that was incredibly different from all the rest; we didn’t participate in our traditional, customary, large family gatherings. Because of this shift in the holidays, and the impact of this past year, does the Lord feel socially distant?

I recently read an article about how grandparents have been faced with separation anxiety due to the limited interaction with their families and grandchildren. My sister has leveraged Zoom, but online is hardly the same as the in-person connection. Is that partially what I am experiencing? Separation anxiety? What feels like a missed connection?

There is a contemporary song by a group The Head and the Heart called Missed Connection , with the following verse:

If I never come through

Yes, it haunts me

Sunny days I’d miss you

Yes, it haunts me … 

Find myself in a conversation 

From a missed connection … 

Maybe during these rough pandemic times, it has felt like even during “sunny days”, I am missing the connection and conversation.

The promise from Jeremiah 31:12 continues …

Their life will be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows will be gone.

Perhaps 2021 is filled with promise, with the vaccines already being administered, family holiday celebrations will not require the use of technology, and I will finally feel the less separation anxiety.

Sarah Thompson