Many folk remark on how friendly the lockdown has made complete strangers: a quick ‘hello’ can turn into a conversation, and you feel as if you’ve been friends for years. Yet there are other folk that seem studiously to avoid eye-contact, head down, look straight-on, don’t respond when you speak. Are they always like that? Are they afraid of making contact, afraid of catching the virus? What will it be like if we all have to start wearing masks outside, and we can’t see smiles?
Lord, thank you for the opportunity to chat with other people, some complete strangers. It often does us good, and hopefully them too. May an openness to others be a legacy of this terrible time. We pray too for those who don’t seem to respond or want to acknowledge others, particularly if it comes from fear or uncertainty