Daily Devotional October 1, 2020

Warning!  The following devotional contains graphic imagery.  Reader discretion advised.

One of the fascinating things about our congregation is that I always learn more from them than they learn from me.  Here are three different comments that highlight yesterday’s adventure in the church office.

During a conversation on reopening the sanctuary, Pastor Brian asked about having a section of the sanctuary reserved for those who do not want to wear masks.  One of our docs said, “That’s like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.”

I did not know that.  I learned something new.

During a conversation with one of our members who is turning eighty years old, she said, “The good thing about turning eighty is that I don’t have to have colonoscopies anymore.”

I did not know that.  I learned something new.

During a conversation with one of my favorite couples, I asked, “How’s y’alls marriage?  You still together?”  The husband said, “As long as we keep social distancing, our marriage is fine.”  His wife agreed.

I did not know that.  I learned something new.

In addition to these off the wall humorous conversations, I also worked with three different, heart wrenching situations. 

And while each of those sad events is confidential, I can say, “I did not know that.  I learned something new.”

While I don’t claim to know much, I do know that, even in the midst of these chaotic times, those who follow Jesus Christ understand God’s got this under control.

That allows us to truly live, learn and, at times, even laugh when life is easy and also when life is hard.

Does that mean that we walk around with smiles plastered on our faces when some are experiencing tremendous pain and hardship?  Of course not.  But our security in Jesus Christ allows us to see a much bigger picture.  We always have a reason for joy and the opportunity to learn something new.

So take some time to today to laugh, love, and learn.  It matters.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  (John 8:12)

This morning, as you read the devotional, commit to wrap your arms around the day and live it to its fullest.  It won’t be perfect but it will be what you make of it.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me learn, laugh, and love.  Please use me to bring joy and peace into the lives of others.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

One last thing; if you are having trouble finding something to learn, come to the church office.  I promise someone will be saying something that will help you learn, laugh, and love.  It happens to me all the time.

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