By Kathy McBroom
As I was driving down the road at 3:22 a.m. recently on the way to see my granddaughter, I had the Christian music blaring. Zack Williams was singing “This is the sound of dry bones rattling” from his song “Rattle.” After a long season of despair, I am believing that I heard hope rising.
By now, most everyone is aware of the toll that COVID-19 has and is taking on us. As a high school teacher for 25 years, teachers saw this coming. I have seen what a period of time away from school due to a prolonged illness or other situation can do to a student. We all know that students learn so much more in the school environment than just the academics. Think about the students that you know who have been forced to stay home, many times alone, taking charge of their own education online. The emotional, social and educational delays are staggering. Teachers are leaving, no, actually bolting out of the educational profession.
Not only are teachers leaving schools at an alarming rate, but pastors are also. My husband and I came to our church in January of 2020. None of us will forget that year. Pastors continued serving as COVID hit. Some lost their lives from complications of COVID, getting COVID from those they served.
But, as I was pondering all of this, the sun started to rise. As I was driving along, there it was: faithful, new, fresh. Out of the ashes, the Phoenix rises. Hope is and was always there.
We all must hold to the promises of Jesus, our only true hope. With each week, we must cling to new opportunities. I believe that Christians are being challenged by God to listen to the Holy Spirit like never before.
I hear dry bones rattling when I see visitors at church — lots of visitors. As I minister to ladies, youth at church and students at my school, they are all desperate for relationships, peace and talk of a better day. We are desperate for Jesus.
That’s exciting. As the sun rose creating a beautiful morning, I couldn’t help but think about the return of Jesus. What a day is coming, but what a day is here to serve like never before.
— McBroom is a member of Point Pleasant Baptist Church, Buchanan, where her husband, Robert, serves as pastor.