Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

New Year and New Normal

2020 is over! The year that would never end has ended. What does that mean though? Will everything change at midnight? Will it flip back to where we were at midnight of last year? Is that where we even want to be? I would argue no. I think there is a fascinating concept that repeats in the Bible. Nothing returns to normal, at least not the old normal. Creation, the Flood, the Exodus, rise and fall of kings, the Life of Christ, the Acts of the Disciples, each of these events were not a part of returning things to normal, but establishing a new normal.

The events of 2020 were not random events, but a bonfire of problems that have existed for a long time that had the kindling lit. Returning to the normal of 2019 would be building that bonfire back again. Instead, we need to sort through the ashes of the turmoil of 2020 to understand how the bonfire got there in the first place. And after we have finished that, use the ashes to fertilize and grow a new, healthier community.

The good news is, things can change, we can bring about a new normal! In the words of Dispatch,

Like a bird caught in a curtain

This temporary entanglement may lead to an open sky

Oh you’re looking for the perfect pardon,

But there ain’t gonna be any man anymore

Cuz if it’s windy like in the morning and we are all just lost at sea

We’re gonna fight

For in the end our only right

Is to live and love and work and be


Let us realize 2020 is a temporary entanglement, but ultimately we will find our ways to live, love, work and be in 2021 and beyond!

Sam Jacobs