Learning Lessons and Facing Fears

Musing on recent lessons learnt: fears on ‘returning to normal’

Coronavirus

Coronavirus has reminded us of our weakness and vulnerability

I fear that, focusing on ourselves, we shall lose sight of others still suffering with coronavirus.

10-year-old Rahaf fled Syria with her family seven years ago to an overcrowded Lebanon refugee settlement. The risk of catching coronavirus is extremely high. Self-isolation is virtually impossible; health systems are fragile; most people cannot afford to go to the doctor.

Collective responsibility

We have felt ‘we’re all in this together’.

Appreciating others we have clapped on a Thursday night; we have deliberately and intentionally helped those in need.

I fear that we shall return to put responsibility onto others. ‘Somebody ought to…’ We shall look for someone to blame when things don’t go as we think they ought to.

Consensus

We have compromised and reached a middle-ground consensus.

I share Rachel Moore’s fears of returning… ‘You either have to completely agree with one group, party or view or the other, or your accused of betraying both. All sense of consensus and nuance has been lost to a position when only polarisation of views are acceptable… you have to take a side.’

Compassion

We have shown and seen compassion for the suffering and needy.

Andrew Reeve proposes: ‘a statue of Justin Fashanu should be built in Norwich as a symbol of empathy, tolerance and understanding’.

Fashanu, the first openly gay black professional footballer, suffered with depression and took his own life in 1998.

I fear that our desires to protect and provide for ourselves will overtake our emapthy and compassion.

Conclusion

St Paul’s advice: ‘…Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.’

I fear we may leave some of these clothes unworn.

Ref:

Rahaf’s story told in an email from ‘World Vision’ received this morning

Rachel Moore ‘It’s time to stop fighting and focus on saving all our futures’. Eastern Daily Press: Thurs 11th June

Andrew Reeve: ‘Should a statue of City great Justin Fashanu be built in Norwich?’ Eastern Daily Press: Fri 12th June

Colossians 3:15-16

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