It is springtime in Charlotte today, although the temperature is still very cold, to say the least. At least the sun is shining, and I suspect within a few days flowers will emerge and trees will blossom. This spring is different than any I can remember because of the good news about vaccinations and the reduction of COVID cases and deaths. In a way we are all emerging from a year of hibernation.
There has been lots of news about what the government is doing to reduce the financial impact of this most difficult time, but the emotional and psychological impact of last year needs a boatload of human love, care, and concern. Everywhere we turn we see and hear of trauma inflicted on families way beyond the loss of lives. Our children have learned fear through heartbreaking events and for many, hunger has become reality, families were separated, mourning and grieving has been done alone, and we have even been denied the comfort of attending church.
As we practice our Lenten discipline, we need to pay attention to our families and neighbors more than ever. Each of us has a mission that begins with conversation that leads to action.