Our two school age grandlads are fun-loving, well-adjusted souls and we love spending time with them. They are with us now for a sleepover because tomorrow school resumes. After months at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic they are at the same time ready to roll and a little unsettled, as so many of us are. They will take a bus with assigned seating and must wear masks. At school masks are optional and at this point class sizes are unclear. They attend an excellent French school with a principal and teachers doing their best to communicate expectations but protocols seems to change, day by day.
This is the reality for so many this week. Students, teachers, support staff, parents and grandparents, all wonder where this will go because this is terra incognita --uncharted territory. My brother is in his early sixties but it is back to school for him as well, as a bus driver. After delighting in the "bubble" with our grandsons over the summer we will be back to physical distancing for the next few weeks as we wait and see, and we're not looking forward to this at all.
As always when we are in the midst of uncertainty and even fear we can pray, seeking the calm that God will bring to our apprehensive spirits. The moderator of the United Church, Richard Bott, is a parent and he has offered a thoughtful and heart-felt prayer which is both personal and applies to us all as we enter the unknown. Here it is: