The New Normal

Joshua 3:3–5 (NKJV) and they commanded the people, saying, ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.’ 5 And Joshua said to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’”

On Saturday, April 12, I awoke and went into prayer. It was during this time that I heard in my spirit the phrase “The New Normal”. This time of quarantine has brought many changes to the American way of life. It has affected businesses, schools, jobs, social gatherings, sports events, conferences, government operations, the home, and the church. People are now asking, “What will be the new normal after this is over?” Obviously, things will be different. The trauma brought about by this pandemic has scarred the American psyche. People will approach social interaction in guarded ways, at least in the beginning. What about the church? Church life has been affected. What have we learned about being the church? What should we do differently, if anything? We cannot afford to simply go back to things as they were before. This has been a time of spiritual reset for the church. We are realizing what the church is about relationships and Christian community. Christian community is the new normal. May we embrace the new normal when we come back together not “in” the church but “as” the church. I look forward to a renewal of Christian community. I look forward to the new normal!