• Dr. Hal Kitchings


By Dr. Hal Kitchings

Posted April 15th, 2020

Have you thought much about what our world will be like after the quarantine is lifted? Will we shake hands? Will we continue to stand six feet apart while shopping at the grocery store? Will we be able to get a haircut by someone not wearing a mask? Can we hug a friend at church? Will it be safe even sit by someone while attending church services? These are just a few questions that come to mind. You probably can think of others.

Some of these questions will likely be answered by the COVID-19 Task Force. Some of them will not be answered immediately. I think in some ways we will all be experiencing a new way of doing life. That’s not all bad. Hopefully, we’ve developed some good practices. There’s nothing wrong with being more conscious about washing our hands. Developing a time alone with God in His Word and in prayer is life-altering—both for here and eternity.

Honestly, for me as a person from the Hospitality State and having been raised by very affectionate parents, I’m more concerned about being able to display appropriate affection toward others. I like to give high-fives, hug a friend, shake hands, and occasionally try to tackle my buddies. What’s a guy like me supposed to do with all this now? What if I hug someone that doesn’t hug anymore? The thought of a sweet senior adult lady saying, “Pastor, don’t you know I’m still vulnerable? You know better than to hug me after all we’ve recently been through and learned.” I get almost nauseated thinking about that scenario. It could happen. Maybe it’s one day at a time? Maybe it’s one person at a time? Maybe I’ll be able to tell based on the person’s body language? Maybe I’ll make an idiot out of myself? (No comment necessary, my friends.) You know what? It’s ok. We’ll adapt. If you’ve ever traveled internationally, you know it’s possible. It just takes a little time.

We got this folks. You know why? God is our source. He makes all things new and it’s going to be good...

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

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