Sunday I went to church for the first time in several months. I did not go in. In fact, I did not get out of my car until it was over. We had outside church, under a shade tree, with some chairs put out and plenty of places for people to park within listening distance. Everyone had come together to honor the graduating seniors from the church and one of our youth who had been through the confirmation process to be a professing church member.
These were important moments in both in the life of our youth and in the life of the church. With some people in their cars and some people spread out in the grass, the people who love these youth showed up. Little by little over these last few months, people have found ways to be there for each other. Drive-by birthday parades, hospital window visits, porch time with grandchildren, phone calls, zoom, and FaceTime, greeting cards and notes, graduation exercises six feet apart - people are finding ways to both be safe and be in each other’s lives.
COVID-19 has put a strain on so much of life. People are struggling financially, but people are also struggling emotionally for connection. While we strive to be safe and be apart, we also have a deep need to be together. I have caught myself smiling these last few months when I have seen love find a way to make connections. People are loving each other enough to wear masks and keep their distance, but we are also figuring out ways to show our love and connection to each other in new and creative ways all the time.
When you look at a newly paved asphalt parking lot, you cannot imagine anything ever growing there again. And yet it is only a matter of time before somehow one small weed, then a few more, start to peak through and make cracks. Life always finds a way. Even in a pandemic, love, too, always finds a way.
Nathan Dickson is an attorney with Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C.