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by: Cindy Davidson

01/12/2021

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“THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER”

There is a poem by Lewis Carroll by the title that I listed above. In that poem is this verse that I just love and that has always stuck with me: “The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages – and kings – and why the sea is boiling hot – and whether pigs have wings.”

Well, the time has come to talk of several things…. So, I guess I am the Walrus in this devotion and Jesus is the Carpenter! And I want to talk about where Jesus is in our life right now. I don’t want to talk about politics, COVID, or protests. I don’t want to talk about hypocrisy or censorship that is becoming so rampant. I am not naïve. I know there are a lot of issues and divisions in our nation. But I want to ask us where Jesus is today in our life. Because above all else, above politics and our nation, our top allegiance is to Him. It would not be the first time Christians had to endure persecution. 

The church has a history of enduring and even growing stronger during hard times. How? Because the church's eyes were focused on Jesus and each Christian held unto them, faith and love for one another. Some people believe that with all that is going on Jesus’ return is imminent. I don’t know. I have not had a vision or a powerful message from the Lord. I do know that He has constantly reminded us that His time table is not ours and what we think is not necessarily His thoughts. But I do know that if we love Him and have faith in Him and trust Him, it will not matter if His return is now or later. We are Christians, that word in Greek means we are “followers of Christ”; it also means we “belong to Christ.” 

If you have let your spiritual life slip, if you are not taking time to feed yourself (worship services and Bible studies), if your prayer life is poor - now is the time to get back into the groove. If you are not comfortable in attending in person, almost every church has live and recorded services available now. The same for Bible studies and even children and youth ministries. 

The church has changed in its outreach approach, and it will probably never go back to the way it ministered before COVID. But that’s OK - just think, if you go to the beach/mountains now because your children are doing only virtual schooling (or you just wanted to get away) you now have no excuse to miss church or a Bible study!  You don’t want to get up too early to “ZOOM in? Fine, watch the recorded services! The “Carpenter” loves you and longs to have a relationship with you that is consistent and deep. The “Walrus” (me) is simply his disciple reminding all of us that in this time of life, where our priorities must be. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen & Amen.

Agape,

Rev. Rich

“THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER”

There is a poem by Lewis Carroll by the title that I listed above. In that poem is this verse that I just love and that has always stuck with me: “The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages – and kings – and why the sea is boiling hot – and whether pigs have wings.”

Well, the time has come to talk of several things…. So, I guess I am the Walrus in this devotion and Jesus is the Carpenter! And I want to talk about where Jesus is in our life right now. I don’t want to talk about politics, COVID, or protests. I don’t want to talk about hypocrisy or censorship that is becoming so rampant. I am not naïve. I know there are a lot of issues and divisions in our nation. But I want to ask us where Jesus is today in our life. Because above all else, above politics and our nation, our top allegiance is to Him. It would not be the first time Christians had to endure persecution. 

The church has a history of enduring and even growing stronger during hard times. How? Because the church's eyes were focused on Jesus and each Christian held unto them, faith and love for one another. Some people believe that with all that is going on Jesus’ return is imminent. I don’t know. I have not had a vision or a powerful message from the Lord. I do know that He has constantly reminded us that His time table is not ours and what we think is not necessarily His thoughts. But I do know that if we love Him and have faith in Him and trust Him, it will not matter if His return is now or later. We are Christians, that word in Greek means we are “followers of Christ”; it also means we “belong to Christ.” 

If you have let your spiritual life slip, if you are not taking time to feed yourself (worship services and Bible studies), if your prayer life is poor - now is the time to get back into the groove. If you are not comfortable in attending in person, almost every church has live and recorded services available now. The same for Bible studies and even children and youth ministries. 

The church has changed in its outreach approach, and it will probably never go back to the way it ministered before COVID. But that’s OK - just think, if you go to the beach/mountains now because your children are doing only virtual schooling (or you just wanted to get away) you now have no excuse to miss church or a Bible study!  You don’t want to get up too early to “ZOOM in? Fine, watch the recorded services! The “Carpenter” loves you and longs to have a relationship with you that is consistent and deep. The “Walrus” (me) is simply his disciple reminding all of us that in this time of life, where our priorities must be. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen & Amen.

Agape,

Rev. Rich

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