A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, July 23, 2020
I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me. For this reason I sent[a] you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them everywhere in every church. But some of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power. (1 Corinthians 4:14-20)
Guardians in the Tempest
The tempest that is 2020 just keeps on churning.
A statewide mask mandate begins today,
As COVID infections in Ohio
And many other states around the country remain high.
The pressure of isolation builds
Even while you’re trying to do the right thing
By doing your part to limit transmissions.
So many questions about the start of school
With no easy and clear answers
For keeping children and educators and their families well
While tending the importance of education and socialization for students.
Add to that the conflict flaring
In city streets across our country
Depicted in images on our news and social media
That are being mixed up with similar images
From other conflicted parts of the world.
For your good news in the midst of that challenge news today,
Paul reminds us of our 10,000 guardians in Christ.
In Christ, you can be assured that God is aware of the tempest of today.
In Christ, you can be comforted that God is with you in the tempest of today,
Having experienced that tempest firsthand as well.
In Christ, you can take hope that God’s kingdom of justice, peace and mercy
Extends beyond the bounds of any tempest we create on earth.
In Christ, you can get your bearing for how to live into that hope
Rather than merely giving it lip service.
Paul is offering to be a fatherly role model in that way for you.
Maybe take some time today reflecting on others
who model that for you as well:
A person whose live and actions
Demonstrate the hope in which they live
More than just talking about it or even despairing.
I still think of the doctors, nurses and hospital staff
Who keep rising to the challenge that the virus presents them
Either treating it directly
Or enduring the effects it has on their work otherwise.
I think of the teachers who are persevering this tempest
With all of the risk and sacrifice and hardship it means for them
Motivated all the while by the hope that comes from their teaching.
I think of those protesting peacefully
That justice might be secured for all
And those within our governments and law enforcement
Who are open to engaging dialog to the same end.
As you live into the tempest today,
Take heart that your guardian goes with you
Eager to help inspire others by the power of your witness.