WEEKLY UPDATE - APRIL 13-18, 2020

                                                                                                     WEEKLY UPDATE
                                                                                                     APRIL 13-18, 2020

Yesterday was the first time in my life that I didn’t attend an Easter Sunday worship service. Helen and I felt really strange to watch an Easter Service on the computer and not have family and friends with us. We missed this time without a community of faith, a church family that we could talk to and interact with. But even though the surroundings were not the same yesterday the message was the same and that is Christ is risen! Nothing can change the fact that the resurrection of Jesus Christ offers us forgiveness and life in His presence for all eternity. What a precious promise.

Helen and I hope that even though you were not able to attend a worship service in a church, that Easter was a special day for you and your families.

What do you do when you are alone at home? One person wrote a diary and below are the first 16 pages of it. I thought that you would find it interesting.

Day 1 – I can do this! Got enough food and wine to last a month!

Day 2 - Opening my 8th bottle of wine. I fear wine supply may not last.

Day 3 – Strawberries: Some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds. Who knew??

Day 4 – 8:00 p.m. Remove day pajamas and put on night pajamas.

Day 5 – Today I tried to make hand sanitizer. It came out as Jello shots.

Day 6 – I get to take the garbage out. I’m so excited. I can’t decide what to wear.

Day 7 – Laughing way too much at my own jokes.

Day 8 – Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.

Day 9 – I put liquor bottles in every room. Tonight I’m getting all dressed up and going bar hopping.

Day 10 – Struck up a conversation with a spider today. Seems nice. He is a web designer.

Day 11 – Isolation is hard. I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?

Day 12 – I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks and car rides. I think I just barked at a squirrel.

Day 13 – If you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidently touch your face.

Day 14 – Watched the birds fight over a worm. The Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3-1.

Day 15 – Anybody else feel like they’ve cooked dinner about 365 times this month?

Day 16 – Learned that coffee filters and dryer sheets are twice as absorbent as toilet paper.

 

                                                                                                       QUESTION OF THE DAY
                                                                                                               April 13, 2020

                                                                                                  Who made these statements?

“Never buy what you do now want because it is cheap.

Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.

We seldom report of having eaten too little.

Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.”

Answer: Thomas Jefferson.
Today is his birth anniversary (1743-1826). Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States.

April 15, 1955 – 65th anniversary of the opening of the first franchised McDonald’s

April 15, 1912 – The sinking of the Titanic.

 

The following is a poem that a friend sent me. It was written by Kristi Bothur with a nod to Dr. Seuss. I think you will find it inspirational for the times in which we live.

‘Twas late in ’19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people in each land.
People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.
As winter gave way to the promise of spring
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.
April approached and churches were closed.
There won’t be an Easter, the world supposed.
There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.

Holy week stated, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.
Easter can’t happen this year, it proclaimed.
Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people estranged.
Pooh pooh to the saints, the world was grumbling.
They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.
They’re just waking up!  We know just what they’ll do.
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

That noise, said the world, will be something to hear.
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.
And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.
But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so but it grew in abundance.

The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook!  What it saw was a shocking surprise!
Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!
It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming!  It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzled and puzzling.
Just how can it be?
It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies.
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.
Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
Maybe Easter, it thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.

And what happened then?
Well the story’s not done.
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty-but so is the tomb.

And Jesus is victor over death, doom and gloom.
So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer.
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.
May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
May the world find joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival, but not only that, let it start a revival.

 

Be safe, be well, blessings always,

Pastor Lee