Boy howdy. Today’s penultimate entry is one that I would be tempted to simply stand alone here in this post, and let you just soak in the rock ’em sock ’em hungry hungry hippos left hook that this thing brings, but I can’t not at last put some finishing glaze on this just past the expiration date Christmas goose.
I may have overdone the metaphors and imagery in that paragraph. I think this entry has a message for us going into 2021 – COVID is still very much a reality for us, and the struggle of masks, teaching, learning, and living in an ongoing and never-ending story of a pandemic is a hard thing. Hard, as a word, probably doesn’t come close to giving words to the life we’ve all been living since on or around March 13, 2020. Yet the words from 1 Corinthians (and “The Tempest”) are a helpful reminder that the things that have come before us are not simply things to remember – they are things to help guide us through what lays before us – “Into the Great Wide Open“. There’s a section here that I don’t think I need to explain, explicate, or even attempt to delineate.
“Your past is prologue too. The roads you’ve taken, the things you’ve suffered, the scars you wear, the burdens you bear -are more than stories. They are examples, lessons, metaphors, and mirrors. They have equipped you and enlarged you. They have refined you. Even in this current year, soon to end, has accomplished things in you that will change the future, for you and for those you influence.”“The Bard and the Bible” 12/30
The entry talks about the “stories” of the bible being similar for us. That they are “written for admonition.” That comes from 1 Corinthians 10:11-12
11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (NIV)
What’s come and happened in 2020 is but a prologue for the rest of our time here on Earth. We leave behind a year of struggle, of sadness, of loss, and of unprecedented events. What we face will be hard, and will push us. But the past has just been the opening lines of our story. The pages of the past are turned. It’s time to start the chapters of tomorrow.