Yesterday morning I watched a news clip. It was just a preview teaser with no sound but it grabbed by heart. To tell the truth, I got a lump in my throat. My eyes got a little teary. The video kept looping and I watched again. And again.
I had no reason to resonate so strongly with the images. I wasn’t there. I didn’t know anyone. At the same time, I was there. I knew everyone. It pulled at a common bond. You know, that 7th principle notion about interdependence and connection.
A banner waving from the hand of a girl running toward something or someone. Then the camera zooms in on a huge hug. And another. And another. People, reuniting. Old, young, in-between. It didn’t matter. Babies meeting grandparents. Siblings reuniting. Friends. Young people in love.
600 days. Missed weddings, births, memorials. Life suddenly released from pandemic hold. These were the scenes playing out at airports and borders across the country this week. Quarantined emotions, isolation, grief, despair. Truncated experiences. Missed life. The solace found in tech bridges of Zoom and FaceTime, all giving way to human touch, emotion, connection.
I think about all we’ve lost…and learned over the last year and a half. So much. So much. After a deep, long breath, an image floats through my head of a friend’s email signature line, “Blessings light and dark,” a reminder that life is complex, complicated, and contextual. We need each other.
As we begin to return to church, I’ve seen more than a few tears. Hugs are still waiting, but fist bumps, high fives, and elbow greetings are plentiful. All attempts at saying, “I see you. I missed you. And I need you.” You see, being human is not a solitary experience, even for introverts.
Masks are on for safety, but the pandemic has unmasked our need for connection. We used to tell stories of independence, go it alone, look at what I did… Now, it is no longer “me”, but “we, and us”. Together. That’s what is real. That’s is what the reuniting is all about.
Sometimes, we still need to be online and that’s OK. We do a good job connecting on live-stream and Zoom. But as you are willing and able, join us in-person. We miss you.
See you soon,
🙂 Rev. Marian