This year has changed how we do so much. Typically, we have client dinners, workshops, and go to baseball games in the summer. But not this year. Therefore, we are working on new ideas, how to present those, and plan to tell you about these soon.

For this week, let’s peek at the first half of 2020:

  • In January, the United Kingdom left the European Union. This was a major shift in global politics and economics.
  • February, the impeachment proceedings of President Trump ended in an acquittal. This is only the third time this has happened in 244 years and yet this seems so long ago.
  • March, the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19 shuts the economy down. “Officially” arriving in the US on January 21; now, we have a global pandemic that we are still trying to figure out.
  • March-May, the stock market peaks then lost 34% in 3 weeks, an unprecedented loss. Then, the market recovered at a breath-taking speed that was a welcomed “gulp” of fresh air, but is now (in our opinion) so de-coupled from reality that we are waiting on the other shoe to drop.
  • On May 25th, George Floyd was killed setting off protests all across America, pushing for social justice, police reform, and starting a healthy conversation about race, rule of law, our nation's systems. In June, the riots started, muddying this conversation into something more destructive.
  • Its July, the virus is spiking again and this is still the first wave….

Wow, what a 6-months! But we have HOPE in a good future. Recently, Joel and I met with a ministry, Soul City church in mid-town Jackson. We are working on refurbishing an old swimming pool and school gym to start a swim team and play basketball as a part of sharing the love of Christ, who is the Author of fun after-all. This reminded me that good things are still happening. God is still in charge. He’s got the whole world in His hands! He cares about you, me, and all people that are involved in this chaos.

So, as we put on our masks (or not, it is your choice), watch the news (or not…), and wait for a Presidential election this fall remember this verse from Isaiah: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

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