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Biblical Perspective on “The New Normal”

As our communities and countries begin to unlock and reopen throughout the world, there is much talk about ‘the new normal’ –-change in new ways to work, engagement with family and friends, admiring not celebrities but the people who make our everyday lives work, and rethinking travel at the same frantic pace. 

That made me think of the patriarch Joseph in the book of Genesis.  His life was all about change and the grace with which he adapted, stayed faithful to God, and consistently exercised his talents through every phase of his life – both those that seemed unfair and those that represented an enormous opportunity.

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Kathleen Smiley
Kathleen Smiley
May 30, 2020 11:25 am

Love your Vlog Madelon. Very uplifting, inspiring, and will be thinking about those parallels throughout my day. Rolling away the stone. Why did I not see that before? God’s work is done. A done deal! We have nothing to do but praise Him unceasingly and expect to see the solution right here, right now.

SCheila
SCheila
June 1, 2020 4:21 am

Beautiful and inspiring, thank you!

Susan Stillwell
June 1, 2020 5:17 am

Thank you so much, Madelon, for helping us to see this time of seeming despair and hopelessness as a time of great hope and tremendous opportunity!

Jackie Reid
Jackie Reid
June 1, 2020 7:28 am

This was so uplifting, like a cup of cold water in the desert. Pre-shut-down days brought new thoughts so the changes and adaptations of Joseph’s life is so valuable. He was shut-down in prison! Joseph’s story is telling me to be joyful in persistence and look forward to what God has in store for me. Thanks so much, I got a lot out of this.

Kimberly Dablow
Kimberly Dablow
June 1, 2020 10:49 am

Thanks Madelon! Great expectation for new opportunities itie and discovering of God’s purpose for each of us.

Kelly Buchanan
Kelly Buchanan
June 1, 2020 2:38 pm

I loved the concept that the new normal belongs to God, as it has for all time. I will spend some time cherishing this idea. I also loved that the angels moved the stone away from the entrance of the tomb, the need was met and the solution fulfilled, so why worry? God has this! Thank you these inspirational ideas.

Robin Clarke
Robin Clarke
June 1, 2020 8:06 pm

Thanks for the great ways you linked the biblical account of Joseph to our lives right now. In a recent Christian Science bible, in the very week that I was instructed to return to my work place as a teacher, there was the inspiring story of Peter being lead out of lock down in a prison, by an angel. He had to be obedient to get his shoes and cloak on, even though he thought he was just dreaming. I like the angel’s practicality! This really helped me as I came out of sheltering in place.

Marion Harding
Marion Harding
June 1, 2020 10:37 pm

Thank you so much Madelon. That blog will be so encouraging to many. I have never noticed the disciples needless worry before.g

Jill Ponting
Jill Ponting
June 1, 2020 11:54 pm

Thank you Madelon for your Vlog pointing us to the new normal and trusting God for the future with hope, love and a new way of thinking. I also enjoyed your precis of the Old Testament and the story of Joseph who remained close to God.

Sharon Simpson
Sharon Simpson
June 2, 2020 10:08 am

Thank you, Madelon! We, too, interpret dreams – by seeing and only accepting what God already knows about any and every situation. After all, we are God’s ideas, just as Joseph was. Also, the human experience is a waking dream.

Mary Ellen Deckert
Mary Ellen Deckert
June 5, 2020 4:33 pm

Thank you Madelon! The phrase “rebounding into the new normal” is inspiring!

Linda Davidson
Linda Davidson
June 15, 2020 4:45 pm

Thank you dearest, it’s so good to hear truth, as it calms and guides us into certain peace at such time of uncertainty.

Cayelin Halley
Cayelin Halley
June 29, 2020 5:55 pm

thank you, Madelon. Grateful for these comparisons of our circumstances to Biblical ones to mine some ideas infused with Spirit to Bring some illumination to the path ahead. Qualities of alertness and resilience and commitment to carefully bringing the wonderful intimacy gained with God during the solitary time to the new working out of relating.

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