March 24, 2020

Just like everyone else, Shannon and I are experiencing a whole lot of togetherness. It dawned on me Sunday morning, when I saw how excited Shannon was that I was leaving the house to go to the church, she may be togethered out. And while I think being with me twenty-four hours a day, day after day, after day, would be a blessing, I’m pretty sure she needs a break. You may be in the same boat.

If you have been cooped up with your family for a few days and have decided you are togethered out, remember patience is a virtue. In fact, when Paul is listing the different attributes of love, the very first thing he says is, “Love is patient”. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Look at it this way; God gave us families so we would know what heaven and hell are like at the same time. These next few weeks are going to prove it is true.

So before you lose your patience, remember Solomon’s wise words: “Hotheads stir up conflict, but patient people calm down strife.” (Proverbs 15:18)

Whatever happens, don’t fly off the handle and say or do something you will regret. Life is hard enough without exacerbating the situation.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me be patient. Fill my mouth with words of joy and affirmation. Fill my mind with wisdom. Fill my heart with your love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The good news is that this time of social distancing and isolation will end and life will go on. I know that’s what Shannon’s counting on.

Also, just for the record, Bell County has issued a shelter in place order. We will still have LiveStream Worship at 9:45 and 11:00 on Sunday morning. Like last week, Grace will send out the link so you can participate. I hope you will worship with us.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins