We recently stayed at a rental home in China while on vacation. The house was filled with interesting decor and items, among them two King James Version Bibles from the 19th century. Being an English teacher and a lover of old books (especially old Bibles) I carefully examined them for dates but only found a handwritten inscription with the date 1878. Both were leather bound, but one of them had metal plates in the binding as well.
The deep pleasure I took in examining these Bibles and in setting up the shot got me to thinking. In this modern era, we so value the latest and newest technologies and are quick to discard the old. But sometimes, in our haste to get on to the next thing, we overlook the value of the old and overestimate the progress of the new — just consider the recent resurgence of vinyl. So it is with our current era in which in our haste to make progress, we forget the foundational truths that formed us and brought us to this time and place.
I think 2020 has revealed how tenuous life can be and how — even with all the technological and scientific advancements we have — we are still unable to fully control our situations. I hope that as we begin move past (I pray) the pandemic and life resumes some semblance of normality (please) that we not forget some of the lessons we have learned about the importance of being physically present with people and the necessity of socialization for our emotional health. Relying on technology for virtual communication does not satisfy the desires of the heart for connection with others.