That’s what we are all looking forward to; isn’t it? Covid-19 might not ever be fully gone, but, at least, the pandemic will be behind some time this year. Right now, things are still very bad. Some 4,000 people are dying every day. We just passed 400,000 deaths overall, and that is just in the States. The tragedies compound with every hospitalization, funeral, or loss of a business or dream. The pandemic has been the nightmare of our lifetimes. But it does not get the last word.
Before Christmas I was planning some words apropos to the season with a few words about the future of Broken and Mended. Then I got Covid. That put a stop to everything for a while. I recovered, but was behind. Christmas and New Year’s was upon us, and I never got around to this post.
Covid has interrupted everything, including Broken and Mended. We have not had an in-person meeting since last Spring. I have not been able to help other groups get started.
However, not all was lost during this time. We had many wonderful virtual meetings with people from all over the country. I was able to finish drafts of both a leader’s guide (to be used in new groups) along with a participant’s guide with reflections and Scripture for every lesson. I am currently seeking out professional assistance for book design and layout, but they should be ready by the Summer. This means it is very likely that we will have other local Broken and Mended groups some time in 2021!
This also the year that I anticipate recruiting a board and forming a non-profit. This will open up the gates to not only starting new groups, but eventually creating many new resources/materials to help others in the struggle with chronic pain/illness. We will be able to raise funds that will go directly to these efforts.
As with all such visions, there are many curves in the road. We can only go a step at a time. I have a modest goal of starting three new Broken and Mended groups this year, publishing/printing the books, and forming the non-profit. If all that happens in 2021, I will be thrilled!
Covid-19 has robbed us many things but not our future. Vision allows us to see beyond the suffering of the present moment. All Christians need eyes trained with eschatological vision. No matter what happens, we can always see how God will sum up everything in the end. None of the horrors of this world will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. “No, in all these things we are more than victorious
through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37, HCSB).
Living with vision for a ministry or a church or your family is not the horizon of your vision. We see those things with our eyes cast to the final horizon of time itself, the end of time, the end of all that wars against us. Eph. 1:10 (NIV) says these things are “to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” What is Covid compared to unity of all things in creation under Christ? Indeed, not much at all!