Last night I had a dream. I dreamt that I woke up and didn’t know where I was. The room didn’t look familiar. The door wasn’t in the right place. The light from the window was wrong. And I was alone. Where was I? I felt fear growing. Then I woke up and I was in my bed, in my room, in my house.
When I rose this morning, I remembered the dream so I began reflecting on it. What was it about?
It seems to me that this dream isn’t just my dream. It is a corporate dream. We have woken up and found we are in a different place. We all find ourselves in an unfamiliar room, a strange landscape.
Those of us who are working now find our work taking very different shapes. There is a lot demanded of us in this new place, including new skills and, for some, risks. Those of us who are retired find our routines disrupted. We have to find different ways of filling time, connecting, being. We may feel more isolated, or when our work is demanding, relieved at the end of the work day. And occasionally, our minds may wander from the demands of the present. We wonder, “what will life be like when this is over?” We simply don’t know.
This time may seem like the valley of deepest darkness— a time of fear and anxiety. But in that place, as people of faith, we believe that God is with us. When we walk through that valley, we are with God. We are not alone. Our fear for today and tomorrow does not need to overwhelm us. God is with us now, and God will be with us when we come through.
I have a dream, that when we are through the worst of this pandemic, we will have lots of parties, I will see my family, I will hug people, and some of the sense of care, community, and creativity will make our world a better place.
Today we continue to pray for those who continue to work, who live day to day with the fear of being infected in hospitals, for carers, for those keeping food coming to us, for other key workers providing care for the vulnerable, and for those whose mental health is more fragile at this time.