Day 54 | Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Day 54 Tuesday, 12 May 2020
For almost two months now we have been under a stay at home order. We have all had to adjust our patterns of living. We have been dwelling on the things we cannot do, such as:
We cannot get any closer than six feet to another person.
We cannot get our hair cut, permed, colored etc.
We cannot go to the movies, restaurants, stores in the mall.
We cannot worship in our church buildings.
We cannot attend a funeral for a friend.
Nonessential businesses cannot open.
We cannot gther for our exercise group.
Students and teachers cannot be in a school building.
Groups of more than 10 are not allowed.
We cannot watch any sports.
We cannot travel to see family members.
We cannot visit in the hospital, assisted living homes, nursing homes and even some active senior living buildings.
And the list goes on as we add whatever each of us has not been able to do since the invasion of the Virus.
Today, I want you to spend some time thinking about what we can do, such as:
Take a walk
Exercise at home
Call a friend
Eat a take-out meal to help a restaurant
Gather on Wednesday’s at noon for the Lord’s prayer
Thank each and everyone you encounter who is working on our behalf
Send a card to someone in need
Follow three simple rules (which we studied in 2019 from Rueben Job)
“Do No Harm; Do Good; Stay in Love with God”
Add whatever you wish to this list. I just want us to think about what we can do rather than what we cannot do.
Colossians 3:12-17, 23 12 Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. 14 And over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 The peace of Christ must control your hearts—a peace into which you were called in one body. And be thankful people. 16 The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him. 23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people.
Colossians 4:6 6
Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person.
Lord our God, today we pray that we will do no harm, that we will do good and that we will stay in love with you. Guide our thinking and praying to what we can do. Hear our prayers. Amen
Today: What can you do?
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Rev. Douglas Knopp, Pastor Emeritus