For weeks I have heard people saying “ I just can’t wait for things to be back to normal.” I remember even saying that a few times myself.  But as I’ve thought about our current situation I have realized how much I don’t want things to go back to the way they were. Here are a few of my thoughts…

  1. I pray that I never again take for granted the ability to hop in the car and visit a friend, go to the mall or to the park.
  2. I pray that when school resumes and I’m dropping my kids off, I take the time to thank the staff for the amazing gift that they give to our family.
  3. I pray that the next time I’m sitting in a crowded restaurant I take the time to look around at the smiling faces, loud voices and thank God for the gift of community.
  4. I pray that the next time I’m standing in church listening to the voices of praise that I take a moment to thank God for the gift of congregation.
  5. I pray that the next time I see a person or situation that needs prayer, I hope I pray as passionately and fervently as I have these past few weeks.
  6. I pray that when I am at the grocery store that I take a moment to thank God that He provides us with the necessities of life and the amazing people who work so hard to keep us supplied.

So, truth is, I don’t want things to return to the way they once were. I pray that we take the lessons and challenges of the past  few weeks and create a new normal. My goal is to pray more, love harder, and truly appreciate the daily abundance  of blessings that were so easily overlooked just a mere few weeks ago.

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