Thought for the Day: So I was chatting with Hannah on the phone yesterday, discussing some music for Palm Sunday. As I flipped through the Hymnal, I turned to a page with a bat (see picture below) tucked inside. Yes, a bat! If you remember, when Cypress Creek Christian Church had bats show-up in the Centrum (5 years ago), the staff as a joke cutout and placed hundreds of little paper bats throughout my office. For months, I found bats hidden in strange places. At the time, the bats in the Centrum were a crisis! It felt a bit overwhelming as I (and the church’s leadership team) had never dealt with bats in a sanctuary (like 3000 bats). It is interesting how the flood eclipsed the bats, and now the COVID-19 eclipses the flood. Here’s the thing – any crisis is a crisis, and it’s not about comparing or weighing one against another. Any crisis – big or small – is about the moment, and we can’t be spending a lot of time in a world of side-by-side analysis. The story of Joseph is about a guy who went from one crisis to another crisis. I’m sure there were some pleasant moments along the way that simply were not recorded in scripture, but how do you compare being sold by your brothers into slavery to being thrown in prison for a crime you didn’t commit. Pardon my language, but both of them suck. The thing with Joseph was that he recognized God and served God in every moment to the best of his ability, whether it was tragic or triumphant.
Prayer: O Provider of Grace, give me another allocation of your abundant mercy and unconditional love. There is so much happening, yet even in the struggle I desire to see you and to serve you. I do not know what tomorrow will bring, but the current challenge is plenty. Yet, I believe your grace shall be sufficient. Amen.
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