Community in Action June 30, 2020

“I don’t understand how a black cow can eat green grass and give white milk, but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying ice cream!”– Vance Havner


    I came across this quote today and I thought it was awesome. Have you received some blessing in the last couple days that just seemed unexplainable. Perhaps someone gave you a compliment about what you do. Someone thanked you for a favor you did for them. Maybe someone liked the way your yard looked or thought you had a good idea. Maybe even smiled at you for no reason.

    We don’t always have to have a reason for enjoying or appreciating something. Sometimes the blue sky just looks marvelous or the greenness of the trees just seems to complement the landscape. Sometimes we can just be grateful that someone knows how to make ice cream.

    I have learned over the last few months that it is the simple pleasures that keep me going.

    Today I stopped in for an x-ray and while there I noticed a bell to ring if no one was up front. I told the woman that I was glad she was there, but I had hoped I could ring the bell. She said go ahead. The ring was clear and crisp and seemed to shout “Even in a masked world we can enjoy the simple melodic sounds we hear.”

    In that same office after my appointment I was waiting for the CD with my x-rays on it and I started to chat with the two people behind the glass window about the craziness of this pandemic. We talked about what we were doing to keep busy and I happened to mention Joan and I are hoping to go to Washington to see our new granddaughter.

    As we exchanged pleasantries about children and grandchildren they asked me if I had any pictures. I realized again how people are longing for social connection with one another. They oohed and ahhed over the pictures and thanked me for showing them.

    It was just a picture of a family they didn’t even know, but they enjoyed seeing a baby just born. And I appreciated them taking an interest. I learned about their children staying home or going off to an internship in Southern California or getting ready to go back to school in the bay area.

    I don’t know what helped us connect with each other, but we took time to chat and share our lives with each other and as I left they said, “You just made my day.”

    We can get all wound up about how things are going to work out for us this Summer, vacation plans or staycation plans. We can wonder how we will celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. Or we can even worry about when will we ever get back to in-person church again. Or we can thank God for what we do have and what moments of wonder we discover or even what glimpses of joy we experience.

    I think the last sentence is better. 

    So let us:

“Not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7


Blessings in this moment to you,

Pastor Randy

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