16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NRSV
I’ll admit… from time to time, I’m tired of meeting online. “Screen fatigue,” I think it’s called. Now, most of my human interaction takes place via Zoom, with faces on a grid like a never-ending episode of Hollywood Squares. From time to time, I’m tired of it. I get frustrated. I grumble.
And then I give thanks. Thank you, Lord, for community… and for Zoom, and for Facebook, and for wifi, and for the electricity that makes the router work. Without them, I’d feel so isolated.
I’ll admit… every once in a while, I just want to go out to eat. I crave the real stuff, fresh from the restaurant kitchen. A good burger from some hip gastropub. Pancakes from a greasy-spoon diner. Those breadsticks from Olive Garden. Every once in a while, I’m tired of it. I get frustrated. I grumble.
And then I give thanks. Thank you, Lord, for food… and for curbside pickup, and for Instacart, and for the person who delivered my grocery order, and for gardens of summer abundance. Without them, I’d be hungry.
It’s a pandemic. We’re going to get tired. We’re going to get frustrated. We’re going to grumble.
And that’s okay… so long as we don’t also forget to give thanks, to give thanks in all circumstances (even the ones that cause us to grumble).
Give thanks, friends, and remember:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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