A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, July 230, 2020
I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress. You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. (Philippians 4:10-15)
Plenty and Want
As one who for his whole life
Has pretty much known what it is to have plenty,
The last four months have been an exercise in having less
If not little.
Even then I have to admit
That has nothing to do with going hungry, because I haven’t
It has nothing to do with being unemployed
As there’s always plenty to do around church.
It really has nothing to do with a lack of opportunity
For exercise and entertainment
As I’m walking more than ever
And the internet provide countless outlets for entertainment
Especially now that professional sports as resumed.
And still, our social interaction is greatly diminished.
Where some 40 youth and adults looked forward to
Interacting with our German partner congregation this summer
And attending the Oberammergau passion play,
We’re not getting refunds for those experiences
That seem like far fetched possibilities anymore.
I’m impoverished by the interruption
In regular weekly personal interactions
With the community of faith at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Daily Doses of Good News notwithstanding.
I’m starving to hear all the voices of young children
Echoing the halls of our preschool again
Longing for Rally day festivities at the start of new school year.
I miss planning for events 18 months ahead,
12 months ahead
1 month ahead.
Realizing all the while that health consideration during the pandemic
Are changing all of that.
As we live together one day at a time
Open and ready for whatever the next day will hold.
And therein lies an opportunity for spiritual growth
Especially among those of us who are so used to
Abundant opportunities and great control over our personal situations.
With much of that now stripped away,
To recognize like Paul the strength of God
That accompanies us in every circumstance of life.
For indeed that’s the case all the time
Even when we live in the illusion of our own sense of control
Amid opportunities so numerous they can make your head spin.
Life for most of us these days is more limited that usual.
Stay alert to God’s presence with you there.
Open yourself to learning and taking account
Of what’s most important in life.
Follow the movement of the spirit toward
Strengthening others in their awareness of God’s presence in their lives…
Always giving thanks for the day.