In the previous edition of our Bulletin, issued around Christmas, we wrote about several significant historical anniversaries. This time is different. I can only think of one anniversary, a rather paradoxical one: it has been almost precisely a year since we have been shut, for the most part at least, in our homes, trying to avoid the uninvited guest, COVID-19. Unfortunately, the situation doesn’t seem to be improving, the numbers don’t spark too much hope; sometimes things seem to be looking up, but then there is another step back, it’s a bit like a see-saw…
We try to live a life as „normal“ as possible, but it is not easy. We don’t get to see our loved ones, we fear the passers-by, and meeting a friend for a coffee or a beer seems like a scene from a pleasant dream.
What are the benefits of these times? Surely each bad era has a positive side to it. Life has not come to a halt! Yes, many people are dying and it hurts, but so many of us have recovered and children are being born as if nothing was happening at all! In addition, fortunately enough, good books are being published, so there is always something to read, let us be grateful for that! And not only books, also great films, theatre plays – it is good news that people refuse to give in to the mess created by the virus. It is not all bad.
To mention at least some of what you will read about in the new edition of the Bulletin, I would like to draw your attention to the Pastoral Brothers: two young Protestant ministers that have been active on YouTube, among other places. I am sure the two of them have also refused to give in to the atmosphere of fear. Ministers and actors at the same time, they bring hope, joy and, what’s more, they have managed to get the atheist minority to be able to relate to them! That is really quite something. So take a look at them. And let us all hold on to the hope that comes from above.