by Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, courtesy Adventist Review
Social distancing and lockdowns of entire communities and countries have profoundly affected the mundane routines of work and school to what we do in our free time, how we worship, where we travel (or not!), and what we do as a global community. It’s insinuated itself into the sacred as well. Church services and community prayers have been canceled without a reschedule date, and access to sacred sites has been restricted. It’s challenged personal freedom and governance. Country borders are closed, planes are grounded, ships cannot dock, and trains have come to a standstill while many people are still miles from home. Instead of drawing together as we naturally crave in a time of crisis, fear of contracting the disease from others pushes us apart.