My friend Jenny has been counting the days of quarantine and social distancing and all things pandemic, I believe we are up to “Day 173”. To me it feels like a very LONG season. We have changed our ways of moving about, what we wear, how/where to stand, perfecting our hygiene, our spending habits, and re-envisioning how to move forward into a new life where super bugs are clearly something in our new world order.
Last evening, I watched the fourth episode of Zac Ephron’s, Down to Earth. If I had watched this episode this time last year, I might have been very skeptical of the need for seed banks and saving potatoes cryogenically. Imagine my joy to know that all over the world there are places where food is secured in case of war, famine, disease, or some other unwelcome food destroying event. We just never know when the world is about to change. This season of pandemic, although it has not been welcomed, has given us an opportunity to reevaluate how we live in the world.
Like many, I have a certain amount of Covid-19 fatigue. Beginning in March, maybe before, my spiritual and emotional life has taken a toll. My body/head/heart felt like I was on a rollercoaster that was never going to stop. Similar to a never ending (opposite amusement) ride. No one came to unbuckle us, no one ever put the bar down. The ride never ends, or just when you think it might, it takes off again, with all the twists and turns, unexpected movements, jerky, stomach rolling, and head whiplashing movements.
What is super frustrating is that we do not know when it will end. We are living in a time where we can expect that this new season is a season that feels more like a reformation. In the world of religion, historians have seen big world changes every five hundred years. The last reformation came about basically because of the printing press which some would argue became the impetus of the Protestant reformation, think Martin Luther. We have marked the year 1517, just over 500 years ago.
So what if this pandemic has thrown us into another spiritual/religious reformation? How are we living into this new 500 year season? For religious people, I include myself in this category, it begins with compassion, believing in science, and rethinking what it means to live in a faith community. My faith community Roots of Life has no plans to go back to church, like we used to. Thankfully, the “Rooters” are curious and inquisitive, and willing to look at church differently. During this season, we will remain on-line, using social media platforms and gathering in small groups, developing deep and lasting friendships. Yes, we will sing, pray, learn and love, just as we are called.
My hope that you have a faith community to journey through these uncertain times. There are lots of choices. Being in a faith community gives you a place to be loved, to belong, and to believe that the power of love is the medicine we all need. Shameless plug: Worship with us at 10:30 on FB Live or on Zoom. Check out our website for more details. www.rolcommunity.com

Noblesville’s Teri Ditslear is a pastor whose column appears Saturdays in The Times. Contact her at pastor@rolcommunity.com, on Facebook or at www. rolcommunity.com