“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The above scripture has long been one of my favorite Bible verses. At no time has it seemed more important to embrace this than during 2020. I am writing this in January of 2021 and at this time a year ago we had no idea of what the rest of 2020 had in store for us. Similarly, we do not know what the rest of this year has in store. Nevertheless, scripture is clear that we should rejoice, pray, and give thanks. As unlikely as it seems, reflection finds that there were many things to rejoice over and give thanks for in 2020.
Technology was the star of 2020. I am so thankful for technology and my ability to use it. This year, via zoom, I have had coffee with friends from grade school who live all over the country and in Canada. I have been able to attend my regularly scheduled exercise classes with just a quick trip downstairs to my improvised gym. No worrying about driving conditions or even going outside. Similarly, my volunteer job, which once meant a drive to Bellefonte, is being done comfortably from my home. Many support groups were forced to go online this year rather than meet in person. What at first seemed to be a problem has turned into an opportunity. People can reach out to others online all over the country, at any hour, no longer limited to local resources. Similarly, one can “attend” church at any time and at any place, no problem of conflicting schedules.
Happily, my favorite vacation place, our summer cottage, is in Pennsylvania, so I could be there any time without risking any out of state travel. Definitely a bright spot for me. But perhaps, the most fun thing about 2020 was our 3-year-old granddaughter teaching herself to grab either of her parents’ phones and video call Grandma and Grandpa whenever she feels like it. A bright spot indeed!
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