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Verse 14: “Let all that you do be done with love.”

We are truly living in strange times in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has altered our daily lives like few things have in many decades. But amongst all the worry and dark times, there are some signs to see and to have hope in. Let me share one with you that happened to me.

I work for a company that now has me working remotely from home. I had to contact my internet service provider to talk about a change in my hotspot allowance I had noticed (it had gone up!). With their local offices closed, I had to stay online for about 20 minutes waiting to “chat” with a technician. After I connected with a woman who answered all my questions about how my hotspot allowance had expanded (the ISP was doing this as a way of helping most folks having to work on computer from home) and that it didn’t cost me any extra on my bill, she was about to disconnect our conversation when God encouraged me to ask her quickly, “How are y’all doing right now in all this?”

She at first replied with the usual “it’s been hectic and we’re doing the best we can”. We talked a couple minutes more, and I thanked her, telling her she had been most helpful. Though they were words on a screen to me, I could tell that it really hit home in a good way for her. I could almost hear her emotions, thanking me for my patience and my calm demeanor and my encouragement. I’ve worked with customer service people before and I know that the delay wasn’t her fault; they had been swarmed since the outbreak with callers, some of them hostile. But, at this moment, I genuinely wanted to let her know that we’ll be okay, and that things will get better…we’ll make it through. Somehow, I had the feeling that Jesus had me on that conversation with this particular person at the right time. She just needed to know…that someone cared.

Paul closes 1 Corinthians with many last blessings and requests, but he reminds the church to “let all that you do be done with love.”

Today, and tomorrow, and the day after, show Jesus’s love to someone. We all need that love right now!

Something to think about.

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verse 13: “Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.”

One of the TV shows I grew up watching was M*A*S*H. As a child I enjoyed the joking antics and cut-up humor (no pun intended) of the surgeons and staff at MASH 4077; it wasn’t until later that I understood its historical roots in the Korean War (and the movie that was its pilot). Dr. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, as played by Alan Alda, was the chief surgeon of the outfit; he was also known for his quick wit and joking manner. A line he said once in an episode stands out in my mind: someone disdainfully questioned how he could always joke and make light in the face of war and death. His reply was something like “if I didn’t joke or laugh about it, I’d be here screaming.”

Emotions are strange things. We can be happy one minute, sad the next. There are those around us who may look like they are happy, yet be masking pain and depression. The devil can use emotions to get at us, too. In the turbulent sea of emotional waters, there is a Rock. His name is Jesus. When we trust our lives to Him, He can steer us through these waters. He is with us in good times and in bad times. We should remember to always turn to Him, no matter what our emotional state.

Something to think about.

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