This pandemic has caused me to reflect on the experience of my generation. For my adolescence and adulthood has been branded by major events, which have shaped us as a generation. It started for me with the Columbine school shooting and has included the milestones of 9/11, a recession as we hit the work force, and now Covid-19.
My generation is not the exception that many will paint us. We are not the only ones who has experienced such things. I think of my grandparents generation who lived through the start of the dust bowl and some even are still here today. I think of the generations that follow mine and I wonder if this will be their 9-11. How will this event shape their lives and their identity as a generation?
The people of God have something else to shape us and guide us as we journey through this collective hardship. The presence of the God has not forsaken us in this time. We can be reassured that Christ is here for us now. For Christ is at the center of our lives providing guidance and protection, like that of a shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for his sheep.
When we have Christ as the center of our lives, everything in our life is touched by the love, hope, and peace that Christ brings to us. We don’t have to live like God’s love is going to run out, because everything in our lives is touched by God’s love. Even when it feels like our lives contain no ounce of peace, with Christ at our center, Jesus brings us the peace that passes all understanding. And We don’t have to worry about what is out there waiting to get us in the world, because God is not going to let that event, circumstance, or person, take us away from him. Christ has already laid down his life for our sake and nothing is going to keep us from that protective love of the Almighty.
This doesn’t mean that bad things are never going to happen to us. But it does tell us that we will not be overcome by these things. We will persevere and good will still win at the end of the day. We may not always feel that steadfast presence of Christ in tumultuous and uncertain periods of our life. But that does not mean that Christ is absent. Christ’s presence is promised to be there. And it is. In the middle of it all, we find Christ our Good Shepard. And may the presence of our Shepard continue to guide us through the days ahead.