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by William Himes

I hate to mention Covid one more time, but no one is exempt from its effects. Everything we knew as normal came to a complete stop.

Looking for the upside, the absence of routine activities and interactions caused us to appreciate their importance and how much we missed them. For example, one of the most basic things I now miss within our faith community is just a simple hug: wordless, brief– yet such a powerful expression of love and support.

But looking at the downside, while we may cherish the things we miss, there is also a danger of settling for a ‘new normal,’ complacently settling for a reality lacking value and meaning. (Why should I return in person to Sunday worship when I can tune in virtually, whenever I feel it’s convenient? I think I like having more free time to myself. Besides, th