Sorry... No reflection today!

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.