I have been reflecting on this interesting season that we find ourselves in, children doing school at home, social distancing, masks, only going out for essential reasons, and the list goes on. It is very easy to get caught in a trap of despair and hopelessness about it and set aside the truths and values that we hold dear as we try and adapt to the new normal. Can I encourage you though to not throw out the baby with the bathwater during this time? Another way of saying it is don’t throw out the ‘truth’ baby with the ‘coronavirus’ bathwater!
Formation: This is a formational time in our lives and the lives of our children. I suspect our children will be talking about this for many years to come: “remember Coronavirus where we didn’t have to go to school?” Spiritual formation is not on hold during this time; what narrative is forming our kids lives? Is it fear of what is going on the world, or is it still the knowledge that we are part of God’s story. I think as parents and teachers, we need to be more intentional in this strange time to teach our kids their part in God’s story. We want to let that story form and transform them rather than the story of fear and worry in the world.
Community: We have a fabulous community here at MECS. It is a pillar of our educational foundation that we learn and thrive best when we belong in a community. Currently, we are missing the incidental community building that occurs just by being in the same room with a group of people day in and day out. I think we need to be intentional about building opportunities into our teaching and our families to continue to provide community for our young people. Community is such an essential part of our children’s formation and their place in the world. We need our children to know that they are not alone, no matter what the world looks like, that they are part of a body of believers who serve our risen king!
Integral: God created a fabulous, complex integral world, that is good! It is God’s world, all of it; it is not the sum of separate parts; creation is unity with glorious diversity woven through it. At this time, when we have been siloed into our homes in remote learning and social distancing, it is easy to forget this beautiful truth. We need to be intentional as educators and parents to teach our children that the whole world is God’s, that Christ is Sovereign and that even through social distancing and remote learning, we can serve Him daily.
So let’s not throw out ‘truth’ baby with the ‘coronavirus’ bathwater and let’s be even more intentional to sow God’s truths into our children in these times.