Life is Like a Deck Chair
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18 There's an old Peanuts comic strip where Lucy is sitting at her five-cent psychology booth, and Charlie Brown has stopped in for advice about life. Lucy says, "Life is like a deck chair on the cruise ship of life. Some people place their deck char at the rear of the ship so they can see where they've been. Others place their deck chair at the front of the ship so they can see where they're going." Then, Lucy looks at Charlie Brown and asks, "Which way is your deck chair facing, Charlie Brown?" Without hesitation, Charlie Brown responds, "I can't even get my deck chair unfolded." Does anyone else feel like Charlie Brown these days? 2020 has been a stressful and challenging year. All of us are doing our best to make lemonade out of this year-long lemon. All of us are striving to remain faithful in the midst of the mess. Just this past week, our Church Council confirmed that our church needs to remain closed through the end of the year. Positivity rates remain high. Hospitalizations and deaths are hitting new records. For the sake of "
Doing No Harm," we will refrain from gathering in-person for Christmas Eve services. That being said, let's be creative. Let's not waste this crisis. As Paul teaches us, let's give thanks IN all circumstances, and let's find new ways to love each other, worship God, and do good despite the limitations. One example is an idea for a Christmas Eve Drive-In Sing-Along. (Yes, this is a new idea hatched just a few days ago.) On Christmas Eve @ 3:00 PM, you're invited to a Drive-In at the Faith UMC parking lot. We'll park near each other and see each other's smiling faces. We'll sing Christmas carols and worship together from the safety (and warmth) of our cars. You can even come in your Christmas pajamas! Isn't this a fabulous idea?! Perhaps there are ways you can turn lemons into lemonade with your family and friends this Christmas.
Perhaps there are new (and fun) traditions you can create together. Friends, we do not have to give thanks FOR all circumstances. However, let's do our best to give thanks IN all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you and me.
Hang in there. We'll get through this together. - Pastor Caleb