March 31, 2020
DAY 13 BATTLE OF THE BEARD.
(Interesting footnote: Day 13 of the true historical siege was the actual day that the real Alamo and its 185 defenders fell -March 6th, 1836)
The battle has raged now for 13 days. The red-haired Santa Anna has the upper hand. We (hairs of the beard) are totally surrounded and alone. Reinforcements (other male friends with beards) cannot get here in time. We are making our final stand; perhaps the beard will be remembered in (family) history as "one shining moment". Kind of like the Spartans in the battle of Thermopylae - wait a minute - they all died! (gulp)
Now on to today's devotion. The word for today is: CHOICE. Two pictures I saw today describe that word perfectly. They both relate to how we are handling this time in history and this virus. The first picture was a woman at a gas station. There is a gasoline hose running into her car and she has stepped away from it a little. Nothing out of the ordinary with that, most of us set the handle where it can pump gas into our car automatically until it cuts off when the tank is full. What caught my attention is what she was doing while the gasoline is being dispersed. There is a PUBLIC hand sanitizer container on the pillar near the gas pumps and SHE IS EMPTYING THAT PUBLIC CONTAINER INTO HER EMPTY PRIVATE HAND DISPENSER. Her choice was ME FIRST. She didn't care what anyone else needed, or that for the safety of all, everyone should have access to this public hand sanitizer after touching the screen that everyone else has touched and pumped gas from the same handle that everyone else has used. HER CHOICE WAS SELFISH. Actually, possibly life threatening to others and DEPRESSING for what it says about many people. I wonder how much toilet paper she has and if she professes to follow Jesus?
THE SECOND PICTURE is of a 90-year-old woman from Belgium, Suzanne Hoylaerts, who has COPID-19. When she was offered a life-saving respirator, she refused it saying, "save it for the young ones who need it most. I HAVE HAD A BEAUTIFUL LIFE."
Two choices: one reflects the world, one mirrors Jesus. Which would you choose? The answer tells us much about our faith, who we truly follow, and if we truly love one another in the way Jesus asks of us. Until tomorrow, peace, love, and good choices my family, friends, and flock.
Dad, Papa, Uncle Rich, "Butter", Son-in-Law, Rich & Rev. Rich