Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Our New Normal

I went to the grocery this morning super early. Although I am not totally out of things, I had forgotten a couple items the other day and every time I go I look for the elusive flour and toilet paper. There weren't many people there so that was good and I wiped down my cart and kept my distance from others. As I proceeded to the back of the store, I noticed that the store employees were doing a great job of trying to make sure things look full. Maybe they were spreading out things to fill a gap but things weren't bad. I decided to go look for flour first rather than making my usual loop.  Nope...all gone but I got some cake flour. I can use it in a pinch and it won't go to waste as I use it for cakes anyway. Next I went to find toilet paper. I saw that they had some paper products on one side and the other was almost empty...I could see as I approached a small pile of about 30 packages of toilet paper! They were 4 packs and a limit of 1 package per customer but I felt a little elated I had found such a treasure. It's the small things, right?

Next I went to get dishwasher detergent. Nope, all gone. Not a big deal for me, I prefer to hand wash anyway. I can certainly wash by hand. Definitely a first world problem. I grabbed another couple items and headed to the checkout. I didn't want to stay long in the store. I was greeted by an employee who told me to wait just a moment so he could clean before I checked out. I thought that was a stellar idea! I left the store feeling that it was a pleasant time despite  our circumstances.

As we continue our social distancing, shelter in place and stay at home directives I can't help but feel we have a new normal. I am thankful for so many people out there risking their health for others. Of course all the medical people, postal delivery, truckers, pastoral staff,  first responders, food and beverage people keeping drive thru's open, and also the grocery people. So many going home each day and showering before they hug their loved ones. You are all appreciated more than you will ever realize.

This pandemic does give us a new normal and I hope creates thankful hearts in a bigger way than usual. It is SO tough to keep a positive outlook every day when we are not able to do all those things we are used to such as work our jobs and hug our loved ones. But maybe by doing this we will love a little deeper, appreciate our freedoms a little more and show more kindness than we ever have before.

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you might have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

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