“It’s Normal” Is Not A Strategy

It is normal for 6th grade boys to utterly disrupt your discussion of Noah and The Ark.

It is normal in the year 2017 for worship participation at your Presbyterian or Lutheran, or even free evangelical, church to be declining.

It is normal for a nine year old to be scared at night an unable to sleep in his own bed.

Effective problem solving might require granting that the issues that vex us are not novel and without historical precedent. They’re normal. Developmentally, culturally, sociologically normal.

Yet allowing that a problem is normal does not permit us to leave it unsolved. “It’s normal” is not a strategy. It ought to compel us to connect with other people working on the same problem, and there are several, because it is so normal.

Normal means we’re not alone.