The New Norm:
I have been thinking about this over the last few days and have come up with the following (some tongue in cheek).
Miriam & I love to go out for a meal together or with friends. (one reason because it means we don’t have to think about what to cook that evening)
The last time we went out with friends for a meal was on the 13th March (an early birthday celebration for Marion & myself. Although Marion could not attend in the end.)
The restaurant was so crowded we could only just get to our seats & the staff had trouble getting to our table with the food.
How different will it be under the new norm? Tables with only two, three or four. A booking system were you have to make an appointment (similar to the doctors or dare I say the dentist)
An order on line, before you go, so that they can cook your food ready for when you arrive & as soon as you have eaten you will have to leave for someone else to take your table. (no sitting & talking as per usual SA members)
I have resigned myself to shopping at Tesco (other supermarkets are available). The occasional wait in line and the wave on by the staff at the door “it’s your turn now”.
I wonder how other shops will cope with social distancing. I think of Debenhams (although the last time we went, it was nearly empty). Then how The Card Factory & some of the smaller shops will cope are just beyond my imagination.
Those sports fans amongst us will unlikely see a crowd of 100 thousand fans at a Cup Final in Wembley. (Halleluiah I hear from some of the ladies)
Then I think of our own church. Sitting 2 meters apart, (unless you are from the same family).
Maybe we will have to have a Covid- 19 welcome sergeant to show people to their seats!
Only using alternative rows, the songsters stretched out along the front of the hall & the band using every other seat with Julian’s baton being 2 meters long.
During the time since lockdown we have been encouraged by a number of different versions of worship from BCH, Fortress Radio, various army ‘meetings’ on you tube from Scotland down to the south coast, and then at the click of a mouse to the USA, Canada or Australia.
Someone has said that if this had happened 15 years ago we would not have had the technology available to do these things.
I am reminded of God’s promise in Jeremiah 29: 11& 12
"For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you."
God has a plan for each of us, a plan that should give us great hope for our future in whatever shape or form it may take.
Please listen to Song 690 sung by Norridge Songsters & Band from Chicago.
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Note: This series of 'Pause for Thought' started on Monday 4th May. To find these previous thoughts go to the Archive section of the website listed under the 'more.....' tab at the top of the page. On the 'Daily Pause for Thought' section of the website we will only keep 2 weeks of contributions before putting them into the Archive.
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