Date: January 4, 2021
As 2020 disappears into the rearview mirror, we pause and celebrate afresh the new year. 2020 was a year of discovery. We learned that the normal is very precious. Walking around, smiling, shaking hands, exchanging hugs, sitting with friends, having dinner out, going to the movies — these were all things that suddenly became difficult in 2020. As we start this new year, we are still required to be careful. But there is hope on the horizon. The vaccine has been developed. Slowly over the course of the spring, the world can become a safer place. And the gift of normality will resume.
Seeing the normal as a precious gift is an insight of faith. Too often, we take it for granted. Another meal or a bed to sleep in — these are just normal. In truth, however, the normal is precarious. 2020 was a sharp reminder. 2021 is the year when we say “thank you” constantly, and often, for the normal.
I hope, pray, and trust that all the readers of this Commentary have enjoyed the Christmas and New Year break. There is much for us to do in 2021. Let us walk this journey into the future together.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President