Signs of Normal?

Life has not been ‘normal’ for three months now. One area affected has been Immigration and Citizenship applicants. Immigration halted interviews for U.S. Citizenship in late March due to the virus.

In the Citizenship class I teach, I have some students who have been waiting for an interview. One of them received a letter two days before his interview in late March that the appointment would be postponed.

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He received a letter last week informing him that he has a new appointment time on June 22nd. He is ready for it and I know that on June 22nd we will have a new citizen.

That is just one of the signs of ‘normal’ slowly returning.

We have had our class using Zoom since early April. While it has been good we could continue the class, it is not the same as being in the classroom in person. I found out last week that my Citizenship class can return to the building in July.

A few other examples of ‘normal’ slowly returning are my favorite hamburger place reopened this past week, we can get haircuts now- I need one- and schools are discussing being in the building in the fall.

The sign I am most excited about is that my home church will announce Tuesday evening the plan to return worship services and other ministries to being live in the building. It will be wonderful to see friends in person again.

What signs or return to ‘normal’ are you excited about?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

44 thoughts on “Signs of Normal?

  1. I would love to return on the site as a Chaplain, doing Pastoral Care over the phone is still good however I do long to be able to speak with someone in person, and to gently touch their hand to remind them how much God loves them simply because they are his child.

  2. That’s good that the normal for you is coming around.

    The normal for me was the complete opposite from what it is now. Before, I was always doing something. Never had time to slow down and breathe. I was in my last year of highschool, I would go to work and teach at my job, get home at 7, do homework, find something to eat, and go to sleep again. I would be worn out from each now. My days now are just about 100% empty.

  3. Am happy for you.

    The normal for me is being able to go back to church. The online worship has been good but the experience of the worship and fellowship in the sanctuary is so much different. Am being grateful and taking it one day at a time

  4. For me, I look forward to visiting folks in their homes and hospitals again. I praise God that His places of worship are re-opening and pray that the faithful will take the lessons learned from the past 90 days into their respective ministry fields outside of those walls.
    Have a blessed week!
    Pastor Chuck

  5. Hmm …..Normal…
    The state I live in is on lockdown until 30th. So not yet out here. But honestly, what’s ‘Normal’ ? I am not really sure about what is normal anymore….πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ˜‰πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

      1. That’s the best part….
        Jesus loves you too brother Matt

  6. I am excited that our mall will be reopening soon, (praise the Lord). I’ve been going through withdrawal. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I went to church for the first time today and I didn’t realize until then how very much I missed it. My soul was happy πŸ˜ƒ

  7. Nice!! Happy for you!!

    Our youth group transitioned from zoom to the church on Wednesday…I’m so thankful because I am so awkward when it comes to zoom!!

  8. I missed a week from your blog so I have quite a lot to catch up on. I am glad to know that things are getting back to normal in your community. Being at church in the building with the brethren is great. When you see your brethren you can’t help giving them a hug. This social distance thing is not going to work.

  9. In my place ( I am from Kerala, a state in India ) we are yet to return to normalcy. Though the government has given some relaxations as far as the lock down is concerned, we feel it will take time. Kerala has fought corona virus efficiently but in the last few weeks, there has been a surge as a large population of Keralites working in different parts of the globe have returned. Hope, things will be better soon….God bless

  10. Okay, this is going to sound ridiculous, but the thing I am most excited about returning to normal is me. My prayer has been to learn to be content in all circumstances. And to be joyful about the adventure again. I feel like I am starting to turn over that new leaf. Instead of wanting things around me to change so much I need to be changed. ☺

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