Pondering what is really important

Written by Brenda Schimke

It is Holy Week, the most important season for Judeo Christians as we celebrate the death (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter Sunday) of Jesus Christ. It’s a time when Christians come together in great crowds to remember and remind ourselves of Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice and saving grace for all humanity.

It’s also a significant time for families to sit down together as one to enjoy a delicious meal and family togetherness.

But with a pandemic, everything changed.

Thankfully we have the miracles of modern technology to allow us to stay in isolation, yet stay connected.

It is also a testament to those ‘invisible’ workers who are rightfully being recognized today as the backbone of our economy—truckers, clerks, garbage men, janitors, LPNs, personal care assistants, researchers, lab workers, caregivers in senior’s home, volunteers, social workers, warehouse labourers, shelf stockers, farmers, foreign workers, process plant workers, utility workers, maintenance personnel—you get the picture—the unsung heroes in the trenches.

As a society, we’ve always appreciated doctors, nurses, police, EMT attendants, firefighters, but now even more as they daily put their lives and the lives of their families in danger.

The pandemic once again validates the importance of a free press and the work of journalists.

Governments too often use a crisis to acquire unintended power. A recent example was the Liberal government’s egregious attempt to give themselves unprecedented, unchecked financial powers until December 2021.

Then there are governments, thankfully not in Canada, who are spreading fake news about the virus making it even more critical for a free press to give a public platform to infectious health professionals and scientists.

The world is not going to flip a switch in a month or two, take away self-isolation, and ‘viola’ we’re back to where we were. The power of this ‘unseen foe’ makes everything different.

Experiencing a real pandemic is much more profound than reading about one!

Dr. Bob Moorehead, a retired pastor near Seattle penned ‘The Paradox of  Our Time’ some years ago.

It reads: “We have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less; we have bigger houses and smaller families; more convenience, yet less time; we have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; we have more gadgets but less satisfaction; more medicine, yet less wellness; we take more vitamins but see fewer results.

“We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly; laugh too little; drive too fast, get too angry quickly; stay up too late; get up too tired; read too seldom, watch TV too much and pray too seldom.

“We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values; we fly in faster planes to arrive there quicker, to do less and return sooner; we sign more contracts only to realize fewer profits; we talk too much; love to seldom, and lie too often.

“We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.”

The pandemic gives us pause to reflect.

When the plague hit the Roman Empire, the important people and pagans fled the cities as soon as the first symptoms appeared. Yet first-century Christians stayed behind and tended all the sick, believers and unbelievers.

Many caregivers succumbed to the deadly virus.

In this Easter season, in the middle of a modern-day pandemic, it gives all of us an opportunity to re-think our priorities, commitments and what we truly believe and cherish.

Many families mourn today and many more families will mourn tomorrow—it truly does put life back into perspective.


B. Schimke

ECA Review

About the author

Brenda Schimke

Schimke is a Graduate with Distinction from the University of Alberta with a BCom degree. She has lived and worked in Alberta, BC and Ontario.