One of Bob Dylan’s best-known songs is “The Times They Are A Changing.”
The times have always been changing, no matter when or for what generation. Today, with the pandemic, 2021 brings us another changing time. What will this new year bring us? And how will we respond to its changes?
As followers of Jesus, our task is to discern our responses in many different areas. For MDS Canada, that means discerning the changing disaster landscape. How can we successfully incorporate new pandemic health and safety protocols into our work? How do we respond to disasters when cross-border travel is still suspended or not recommended? How do we keep the spirit of MDS alive when it is impossible to operate as normal? And all this taking place at a time when there continues to be injustice, inequality and, all too-often, meanness in our world.
Perhaps we can let Micah 6:8 guide us.
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
As we look out into our times, we recognize that the timeless qualities of justice, kindness, and humility are critical. These are qualities MDS seeks to live out through service to those impacted by disaster. It’s what we do best!