Saying Good-Bye to 2020.
2020 was ushered in with ominous rumors of a new form of the common cold — Coronavirus. Little did we know how Coronavirus would dominate 2020. Before we knew it, Coronavirus turned into COVID-19 and became a pandemic.
The novel coronavirus changed the way we live. For one thing, it changed our vocabulary. We learned a new language. Here are our top 15 new terms for 2020:
- Social Distancing
- Community Spread
- Flatten the Curve
- Distance Learning
- Virtual Learning
- Contact Tracing
- Stay-at-Home Order
- Mask On/Mask Up
- Cytokine Storm
- Herd Immunity
- Shelter in Place
But COVID-19 wasn’t the only disturbing aspect of 2020. We had disruptive “mostly peaceful” protests across our country as angry protesters decided violence was the appropriate response to the killing of (often violent) offenders and suspects by police. Protests frequently turned lethal as BLM and Antifa protesters shot, jumped up and down on and bludgeoned bystanders to death in some places and caused untold damage to businesses with ugly vandalism and looting.
We also had a presidential election that is still not resolved. A poll from McLaughlin & Associates found that all voters, regardless of their political party, believed that there was fraud in the 2020 election by a 46%-45% margin.
On Jan 6, the Electoral College will decide the election while President Trump holds a large rally in Washington D.C., so we end the year not yet knowing who our next President will be or if the American people will accept the results.
In light of the problems 2020 brought, I would like to reintroduce some words back into our vocabulary for 2021:
- Faith — Faith in God and His ability to guide, restore and heal
- Hope — Hope for the future, hope for restoration, hope for our country to remember its roots, history and traditions
- Peace– Peace in our daily lives, a peaceful resolution to our differences, peace to pursue liberty and freedom
- Love—We may have different political beliefs, but we are all American citizens (at least those who are here legally). We share in our nation’s proud history, as well as its problems. We want what’s best for our fellow citizens— our churches, our neighbors, our families, our friends. We should love each other as Christ loves us, no matter our differences.
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As we say good-bye to 2020, here’s a Bible verse to remember as we start the New Year:
Isaiah 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
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