Daily Devotional September 30, 2021

Yesterday, Laura walked into the Dennis Hall break room as I was eating lunch.  She looked cranky but I have come to expect this a few days before we serve the Sacrament of Holy Communion in worship.  That’s because she has the most thankless job in the church.

Laura is the Holy Communion steward.

This entails preparing the elements, making sure they are on the altar, and finding laity to serve the Sacrament.

While preparing the elements and making sure they are in each worship service is time consuming, it is manageable.  Laura has no problem with that.  Her problem is finding servers, especially ones that will serve with me.  That’s because one incident has given me a bad reputation.

Years ago, Charlynn, who is a perfectionist and always immaculately dressed, was going to assist me in serving Holy Communion.  It was her first time.

At the beginning of the service, when we stand and greet each other, I walked out into the congregation and shook Charlynn’s hand and said, “Oh my gosh, is that what you are going to wear to serve communion?”  Then I quickly turned around and walked back to the pulpit to begin the worship service.

Her husband, Lewis, knew I was joking, but Charlynn debated the whole service whether she should quickly go home and change. 

Needless to say, as expected, she did a great job.

Now, whenever Laura finds someone new to serve with me, she always say, “Be nice.”

So, my reputation has made Laura’s job much more difficult.

You may not have a pastor with a twisted sense of humor that makes your life more difficult, but more than likely, there is someone who is a thorn in your side.  Don’t let them take your joy.

You are God’s child.  God has planned a beautiful life for you.  God does not want you to let the little irritants of life prevent you from truly living. 

This is what Paul meant by saying, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)

Just for the record, Charlynn has forgiven me and has continued to serve with me.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, today I will face challenging people and situations.  Help me hold onto the joy of knowing your son.  Help me truly live.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Monday, Laura will be back to her fun loving self.  I cannot wait for Monday to get here.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins