01 Sep Vicars’ Blog – September 2020 – Sprint, marathon or triathlon?
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VICARS’ BLOG: Sprint, marathon or triathlon?
Well, if we thought that come September we would be back to a kind of new normal, we can now see that it’s not quite like that. Yes, children will be back at school (hooray!), but there’s still so much uncertainty about what our lives will look like over the next few months.
Last month we likened the Covid-19 global pandemic to Biblical exile and spoke of disorientation. There has also been loss for all of us. It has been hard not being in church worshipping together and seeing one another – and our clergy thrive on that interaction! We feel for those who have missed milestones such as leaving nursery or primary school or secondary school or have ended university and are now looking for a job. Add to that, major birthdays or anniversaries, operations that have been postponed… add your own losses… We
have all experienced some kind of loss.
And it’s not over yet. We have got through the first stage and now what? In March, the Bishop of London warned that the pandemic would be more of a marathon than a sprint and now, James Lawrence (CPAS) says in fact this is turning into more of a Triathlon than a marathon: having finished the run, we now have a swim and a cycle ahead of us. And that looks daunting. (For those who have missed the open water swimming at Hampton during lockdown, the correct way round is swim first, but that spoils the analogy!)
It does feel like we have run a marathon and we may wonder how we can tackle the next challenges of the swim and cycle. We need to resource ourselves and take on fuel for the next stage of the journey.