by: David Kennedy
April 2, 2020
Day 15 Battle of the Beard:
The Alamo has fallen. The Red-haired Santa Anna swept in with a brilliant military tactic. The fatal blows came from the Red-haired Santa Anna's sword (isn't that what the Bible says is the mouth?) With two thrusts, "I don't like the beard & it makes you look older". Davey Crockett (AKA the beard) succumbed to his wounds. The defenders of the Alamo fought long and hard, but outnumbered (on Facebook), out gunned (by women), the final battle was swift and quick. But little does the Red-Haired Santa Anna know that Sam Houston (beard #2 or something else?) awaits down the road.
Now for today's devotion. The word today is "NORMAL". Strange choice isn't it? Particularly since nothing in our world, country, state, community, or life seems NORMAL right now. We can't go out to the “NORMAL" places we usually do. We can't physically hug our friends or go visit our family members who live some distance away. We wash our hands a lot more than we have ever done (for some this is a new experience that I am just not going to address!). Every time you sneeze everyone, including yourself, thinks, "plague or pollen"? NO, IN MANY WAYS THERE IS NOTHING "NORMAL" ABOUT THIS MOMENT IN TIME.
On the other hand, there are many things that are NORMAL. God's presence, God's love, Jesus’ teachings, and the Bible. THEY HAVE NEVER CHANGED and THEY are the same today as they were before we ever added the words "Pandemic”, “COVID-19”, or “social distancing" to our vocabulary. Other things, to just name a few, that have not changed is our love for family and friends. There is also the fact that you can still get the ESSENTIALS (notice I said essentials not luxuries) of life. You can still go out and get food; sure, you have to do a drive thru or pick it up, but you can still have food without cooking every meal! You can still get medicine. You can still get gasoline (yes, I know - you can't drive anywhere - not everything is perfect but the world has never been perfect!). The church is still active, alive, and in missions! In fact, it is perhaps more alive, active, and in missions beyond its walls, than it has been for years. We are even figuring out ways (well actually Jeremy is) for our Sunday School classes, the Morning Glory Bible Study, and even some of our committees to meet virtually during this time. Finally, I am still very happy that I am your lead pastor, that I have the staff our church has, and the fact is, I still love you! So, while there is much that has changed for us since March, there are still many things that are still very NORMAL. And for that, I praise God.
Dad, Papa, Uncle Rich, "Butter", Son-Law, Rich & Rev. Rich