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7 God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. 8 Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other,[d] for God himself has taught you to love one another

1 Thessalonians 4:7-9


Greetings and peace to you my friends!


Just a quick note to share with you that I will not be writing a devotion to you today!

Having just come back from a wonderfully relaxing and renewing vacation this week has been a great challenge for me. You know what I mean…. Vacation felt like I was moving 5mph but a return to sharing ministry with everyone this week required 500mph. A good many people within our community of faith are sick. We’ve had a family who is suffering from having been forced to leave their home for an extended period of time because of a fire. A brother within our community of faith has been told that his job has been eliminated. Another brother of ours is being placed on hospice. A sister in Christ of ours is in the hospital not yet understanding what is wrong with her. In addition to my normal responsibilities, these are but a few of the prayers that I have been lifting up to our Lord. 500mph.


So…. In thinking about what topic to share with you today in a theological reflection… I simply do not have time to stop and share a thought. 500mph!


Oh, another thing I am noticing a great deal of …. Well… not sure what it’s called… so I’ll just call it COVID CRUD!


Here’s my thought. I don’t know about you, but I sure am tired of this whole Covid virus! I am tired of hearing about it! I am tired of the restrictions that have been imposed by this virus that I can’t even see. I am tired of trying to figure out all the various pieces of medical advice being offered by both doctors and broadcasters. It truly is fatiguing! While I’m thinking about it, I’m tired of hearing about the number of people getting sick from Covid and I’m tired of hearing the reality that so many people, including people we know, have or are dying from Covid! In fact, I am not just tired of COVID. I am frustrated with COVID. I am angry with COVID! I want to fight COVID! I want to destroy COVID!!!! I want to annihilate COVID!!!! But how do I fight, destroy, annihilate COVID? It just does not listen to my reasoning and it avoids any punches that I may throw.


So, in some ways, my frustration, my anger, my desire to hurt COVID… well all those negative feelings… come out in my relationships with people who can’t avoid listening to my reasoning, who can’t avoid my path. Sometimes, these negative emotions come out with the people around me. People I love who in a moment frustrate me. People who I like who use different reasoning than I do and come to different conclusions than me!


Are you feeling me? I’m coining this feeling COVID CRUD! We can’t take our negative feelings out on COVID… but we can release these negative feelings out into the world.


Welcome to COVID CRUD!


It’s not writing my weekly devotion because well…. I’m feeling overwhelmed with the number of tragedies that I’m witnessing in the world. It’s me “snapping” at the person next to me in line at the grocery store because he decided to pull his mask down to talk on a cell phone. COVID CRUD!


7 God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. 8 Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other,[d] for God himself has taught you to love one another

1 Thessalonians 4:7-9


GREAT! NOW IN ADDITION TO COVID CRUD…. I NEED TO FEEL GUILTY BECAUSE I AM NOT LIVING UP TO THE STANDARDS GOD HOPES FOR ME!!!! AHHH!!!! UGH!!!! GREAT!!!!


1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever

Psalm 136:1-3


Thank goodness God’s faithful love for us endures forever! A God Who forgives! A God Who accompanies us! A God Who dwells among us!


I don’t want to take my COVID CRUD out on any of you, so I wanted to write you a short note of apology to say that my “Just for You!” reflection won’t be forwarded to you this week. I hope and pray you can forgive me.


Until we speak again

Trust God… please keep washing those hands… and be at peace with one another.

PJ

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