Community in Action January 30, 2021

Praise the Lord, my soul;

all my inmost being,

praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, my soul,

and forget not all his benefits

Psalm 103:1-2

    So, Thursday when I went swimming I remembered that my goggles had a strap with a small tear in it. These are my favorite goggles so I didn’t want to change them out for another one, so I thought I would wear them until they finally broke. I figured I would take an extra pair just in case.

    When I first got to the pool I tried on the extra pair of goggles to make sure they fit. They were a bit tight, but after some adjustment they seemed almost perfect. Well I did my laps and never had to change out the goggles, hurrah!

    Today as I headed out to the pool I figured I would take both goggles again, trying to be proactive for the inevitable. I grabbed both sets, but guess what? Yep, the goggles were broken even before I was out the door. But the ironic thing is, it was the back-up pair. It wasn’t the strap which was the issue, but the nose piece had split in two.

    I guess when I tried those alternate goggles, which probably had some years on them, the strain of trying them on and making the adjustments must have caused the brittle nose piece to begin to crack. It wasn’t me putting them on again which broke them for when I grabbed them off the stand on which I had hung them that is when they fell apart.

    So, again today I wore the old, but tried and true, goggles. They worked perfectly. I may bring an extra strap with me next time, but I will just continue to use those favorites until they no longer hold up.

    Even though I may not have perfectly whole goggles, the ones I have still work and I have a back-up strap if I need it, and I am thankful for that. I may not be able to go where I want to go and I may not be able to see the people I want to see. I may not be able to share a meal with you or see you on our campus or visit you in your home, but I am thankful for all of you. I am thankful for the mail, for the phone, and for zoom. I am thankful for Facebook Live that we can worship together even though physically distanced, when inside, and socially distant when we worship outside.

    I may not have the same benefits in gathering with our faith community which we had a year ago, but I am thankful for all my benefits. Even those which have had to be modified so we can participate together.

    We still have been able to worship together. We still have been able to pass the peace of Christ, through the mail, on the phone, or through zoom. We still have the opportunity to prayer together, to worship together, to serve together, even though we are apart we are one in Jesus.

    I am thankful for you, faith community. Let us not grow weary in doing and being the good. We will someday gather together and we will have wonderful stories to tell each other as we catch up on all the details of our lives.

    Grateful for the body of Christ, both now and always,

    Pastor Randy

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