"Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4) No, it is not a typo, it DOES say rejoice. And, no I don't feel like rejoicing all the time. But that verse was written by the apostle Paul, not on a good day when everything was hunky dory. He wrote it while he was in prison. So – the question is, do we wait to rejoice until everything is great? Until we feel like it? Or do we rejoice now, today? Rejoice that you are alive! Rejoice in God's cre
How many times might you and I find ourselves blind to another person's reality? This strange exile that we are all in right now because of Covid 19 – it affects people very differently. Do we SEE or are we blind to the homeless – who can no longer shower at the Y or visit the library? Do we SEE or are we blind to our elders who are at greater risk? Everyone reacts differently. Some folks are scared, others cautious and still others annoyed. Some are without a paycheck.
I have only been in a real wilderness one time. It was part of a trip to the Holy Land. It was Massada – site of Herod's Temple and Jewish sacrifice. A vast, gorgeous sandbox. Yes. An important holy and historic site. Yes. To tell you the truth, it wore thin. By the time I left, there was sand in my eyes, sand on my clothes, sand in my hair. I felt like I had been eating sand. The wilderness is no picnic. Food is limited. Water is hard to find, not to mention how is