High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Pandemics are Boring

We’ve been doing this for 13 months now – limiting our lives and our social contacts, physically distancing and learning to wear masks. It’s boring.


Most activities that bring joy and fun to our lives are not allowed or have been severely adapted. We long to attend in-person a symphony, a hockey game, a school concert, go to the gym or to Sunday worship. We yearn for the day when we can gather with family and friends for a big meal indoors. In-person, indoor gatherings – who could have imagined that those would become common phrases to describe what we long to do!


Our days have become routine with few options that provide some fun and spontaneity. Tasks that take us out of the home, require extra effort – well-fitted mask on, hands sanitized, safe distance kept. It is exhausting and it is boring.


Pandemics are not fun. They require us to hunker down and follow rules that may not make sense to us and for which we personally may never see the effect.   We can be going along, never knowing anyone who has had COVID-19. We become bored and tired, so we start easing off. We wonder: Do we really need the protocols? Does it really matter?


But when a COVID outbreak happens, it happens fast. We could have gathered for Sunday worship 40 Sundays in a row without anything happening. We could have had Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner with the family and everyone was fine. But when the virus appears, it spreads quickly, hits hard and can be deadly. Repeatedly I’ve read of situations where 40 people gathered, 30 got COVID, 5-6 were hospitalized and 2 died.   The variants spread even more quickly.


So we may be bored – but COVID-19 doesn’t care. It is looking for us to let our guard down. It just wants to spread. But we have an option to giving up.


The answers to boredom are connection and creativity. While in-person connection isn’t safe, we have so many other ways to connect. And the options for creative pursuits abound.


After all, we are made in the image of the One who created the heavens and the earth out of a formless void, a big bang of mass and energy. We may be bored with the health protocols and laws, but we have the wisdom of the letter to the Galatians to encourage us: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” Galatians 5:22-23


Rev. Susan

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