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客场回家周二晚上,多伦多蓝鸟在纽约布法罗的新家外之家 Sahlen Field 打了他们的第一场 “主场” 比赛。通常是多伦多三甲联盟的所在地,布法罗 Bisons,今年夏天,球场正在接待加拿大唯一的棒球大联盟队,因为加拿大政府上个月下令规定球队进出国是太危险的。Jays 已经打了一些主场。设置国外,允许萨伦球场的基础设施发展,以便接受美国职棒大联盟的鼻烟。该领域已经装饰在 Jay 的皇家蓝色,标志现在装饰了防空洞和衬垫墙壁,并且在较低的座位上设置了假风扇。它看起来更像家比其他任何东西还没有本赛季, 但家里它肯定不是.CN 塔没有织机顶部,没有天穹顶悬挂记分牌,也许最重要的是,“主板女士” 只是作为纸板切口出现。不是说她会亲自出席罗杰中心。每场比赛现在都缺乏球迷。人群的噪音是流入的(有些人讨厌,有些人像我这样的人觉得相当安慰),看台上唯一的面孔是二维的,评论员从自己的屏幕前报告,就像我们所有人一样,远处看着比赛。这是棒球,我很高兴,但它肯定有点关闭。当赛季开始的时候,我很开心,想知道如果我们把聚会噪音传到我们空的避难所会是什么样子。在圣经之后按下一个按钮,听到 “感谢上帝”。不同的音量设置,为众唱歌,最响亮的保留给著名赞美诗,更安静的设置为新歌曲。我们可以给我们的声音技术人员注释我们的布道副本,乐观地涂鸦在边缘。MLB 已经命令不要在扬声器上播放自举。我们当然会跟随西装。会更好,这罐头的噪音,比沉默,迎接我的布道?它会让这一切看起来更正常吗?或者是否会加剧差异,空虚,悲伤已经落入无教区居民的皮勒,我试图忽略我们的服务,但这让我枯竭和忧郁的那一刻,我们的视频技术说 “削减”?这是一个正常的服务,在大多数方面,但以一个强大的结束恩赐,“和所有的神的百姓说”,听到只是两个赞美团队成员说出 “阿门” 是在荒谬的练习。了解这些变化的必要性并不会减少它们的痛苦。这是教堂,我很高兴,但它肯定有点关闭。我从荒谬的上周休息一下去度假。正如我们所有人都经历过的那样,我有我的 “我会做什么” 被推倒和替换。我会和我的家人在安大略北部露营两个星期。相反,我访问了一些朋友在国家的东侧。这是我走过的最长时间,没有踩在加拿大土地上或看到我的家人。我认识很多人,他们几年没有看到他们的家人或祖国,我知道我很幸运能够在正常情况下定期这样做。但是,要关闭边界,回家的可能性一个月又一个月的挫败是艰难的。美国和加拿大在许多方面相似。但他们不是同一个国家的长镜头。这两个邻居由不同的故事塑造,有着不同的自由、身份、社会责任和多元文化概念。有明显的差异(医疗保健,枪支控制,灰色与丰富多彩的钱),但也存在着难以名称的差异,细微差别以及我觉得陌生的方式。回家,即使只是几天,足以让我理解,提醒我我是谁,家是什么样子,感觉安定和强化再次进入陌生人。当这是不可能的,当美国的事情比以往任何时候都更加混乱时,我对家的渴望,虽然没有致残,但几乎是一个沉闷的痛苦。别误会我 — 我非常感谢我的社区,我的朋友,我的工作 — 这里有很多值得爱的。 但是,对我来说,这个 “家” 是有点不同的。我发现,避免家乡的诀窍是在当地生活。这么多来自全国各地的消息加剧了困惑的感觉,但是当我想到我的城市,我的教会,我的人民,我这样做是怀着爱。毕竟,我们并没有那么大的不同。然后,我发现自己,在这个孤立和网上教会的时候,也渴望那些让这个地方感觉像家一样的人,他们保持我的基地,他们提供了我们所有人都渴望的归属和社区。我正在等待 “阿门” 就像我在等待边界打开。但我想基督徒总是在等待,总是在等待事情 “有点关闭”。我们生活在一个渴望,不是我们知道的家庭,而是家庭,这将是,当 “错误将是正确的”,所有将成为新的,和 “阿门” 将响亮,将是最终的。而诀窍,当然,是生活与渴望,但不能被渴望撤消。相反,让渴望塑造我们如何生活在当地,在这里和现在,通过一个时代学的想象力。通过圣经和祈祷进入 “遥远的国家”,这些东西使我们在现在,支撑着我们在陌生的人,鼓励我们忠实地生活,无论我们在哪里。因为虽然事情有点关闭(或者,有时,很多关闭),这个家仍然是我们的家,仍然是丰富的神的爱。正是在这里,在这个家里,我们被称为活着,好像天堂在地球上。为了生活,我们可能成为田野上的路标,在防空墙上的旗帜,大胆地向那些在家里从屏幕上观看的人宣布:“这世界仍属于上帝。”

Laura de Jong

Laura de Jong serves as pastor of Second Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Michigan.

9 Comments

  • Daniel J Meeter says:

    Really nice. C S Lewis: Sehnsucht. The hymn, Jerusalem the Golden. So much I’d love to talk to you about. But I just want to say, having been in both Pilot Field (now Sahlen Field) and Skydome (now Rogers Centre), I think the former feels much more like a ballpark.

  • Amy Schenkel says:

    Delightful and honest. Thanks, Laura.

  • Jan Hoffman says:

    I wonder if there aren’t many, many of us who are not feeling at home, who have found closed borders, 14-day quarantines apt descriptions of what we’ve felt for several years now. Covid has given definition to this reality in profound ways. We know we are biblically called wanderers and aliens but that has become true in a new sense to me only since being shut down and shut out or shut in by Covid.

  • Rowland Van Es, Jr. says:

    I clicked on the link to the letter from Peter Schuurman and liked the line about the key to America’s social problems from Katherine Morrison, “The persistent presence of violence and a reluctance to learn from other people’s experiences may be the greatest obstacles.” The pandemic has again shown how reluctant we are to learn from others, even at the expense of losing so many lives that could have been spared if we had learned more.

  • Nolan Palsma says:

    What you suggest for piped in hymns, responses, etc. is very tempting! TV shows have done this for years to give us a more exciting experience. Yet, I prefer reality over false pretense. The coronavirus era is what we have been given and we are called to work with it!

  • Jane Brown says:

    I read letter from Peter Schuurman and liked the line about the key to America’s social problems from Katherine Morrison, “The persistent presence of violence and a reluctance to learn from other people’s experiences may be the greatest obstacles.” And also “peace, order, good government”
    Very interesting to read more about Canada

  • George Vink says:

    Thanks, Laura. You certainly echoed my thoughts regarding the “home” and yet localizing the feelings. Keep writing…you articulate well what others cannot, or do not….

  • Dean Koopman says:

    Thank you for this reflection. It makes me think of all the non-ecclesiastical texture of worship and the thinness of meeting in the online world versus the created world.
    Scripted church sounds would be thin without the clamor of children followed by the shushing of parents, the cacophony of candy wrappers at the beginning of the sermon, or the wailing child whisked from the sanctuary by the embarrassed parent eyed by those of us who have lived the same experience many years earlier.
    It all makes me yearn harder for that which I am without. The sensory richness corporate worship on earth and the greater richness of fellowship to come.

  • Henk Ottens says:

    You vacationed from our pulpit last Sunday, but you’ve treated us to a dandy sermon anyway. Thanks.

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