1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations,“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. Psalm 126:1-3
These verses made me think of what we will feel like when we are able to return to life without masks and social distancing, without shuttered restaurants and businesses, without daily COVID tallies, without strained front line workers and parents stretched too thin. I can imagine our laughter as we go to work and school and play at Summerfest, the State Fair, and the Fourth of July parades and picnics. I can hear the shouts of joy of many children, happy to go to school again and to play together in the parks while their parents easily chat with neighbors and friends. These images seem like a distant dream now, but one day, our fortunes will be restored and, in part because of this long period of deprivation and loss, we will rejoice because we will truly know “the Lord has done great things for us.” As we wait in hope, we can count every blessing.