Celebrations during the Pandemic
Rev Chua Ooi Suah
year 2020 will go into history as the year of the pandemic. We lived our lives
differently during this period. All festive celebrations, including Christmas
and New Year, will be different from previous years. Perhaps the different ways
of celebration will make it unforgettable for us.
the pandemic, online gatherings, worship, fellowships, and meetings became a
part of life. On the one hand, we are grateful that technological advances have
helped to connect people while being physically separated. On the other hand, some
are worried that online gatherings and worship might become the new normal when
we operate in that mode for too long. Personally, I have gradually become accustomed
to online “activities” instead of face-to-face communication.
we are celebrating a festival online or offline, it is important to remember the
original meaning and motivation of the festival. For Christmas, we celebrate
God’s love for the world that is active, dedicated, and is an unconditional
sacrifice. This holiday reminds believers how they have been loved. At the same
time, we also want our life to be a channel of love, deliberately caring for
the neglected and forgotten people around us.
we look forward to 2021, besides being thankful for the special grace we
received during the pandemic, we must be grateful for the opportunity to
experience and survive 2020. Let us make good use of the transitional period
between the new and the old ─ during New Year's Eve, let us give priority to
returning to God. We can slow down, be quiet, count our blessings, and wait for
the Lord to seek those new missions and new goals in the new year.
pandemic cannot stop us from living out the spirit of the festival. Drawing
close to the heart of the Lord will definitely be unhindered. Let us all rely
on the Lord to face tomorrow!