There have been several plates that I have been working to balance on a stick and regretfully it caused me to overlook this avenue of communication with you all. For that I apologize. I realize that there is a disagreement on whether we should support the NFL by watching their games. I will confess that I set politics aside and decided to enjoy watching a game by focusing on the game and nothing else. One of the recent games had a player, (his initials are Metcalf), who made a thunderous error. In case you missed that game, he made a great catch to a great pass and seemed like another touchdown was a sure thing. However, that sure thing turned into an embarrassment because he was so sure of that touchdown that he allowed his guard to go down and an opposing player came up behind him and slapped the ball out of his hand. It was a rookie mistake from a seasoned player.
As I watched, I said, "If they lose this game by one touchdown, it will come down to that play. This game could make the difference between making the playoffs or not. If that is the case; the playoffs could be missed because of his error." .My bride said I was being very dark and pessimistic. Her view was that I was making too much out of one error. What I had in mind and I shared with her was the quote from Benjamin Franklin:
"For the want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For the want of a shoe the hose was lost.
For the loss of a horse the rider was lost.
For the want of a rider the battle was lost.
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And for the want of a horseshoe nail."
As we continue to move forward in our adjustments to current meeting restrictions, we look forward to the time when we will be able to all meet. Until that time, we do the best we can to stay in touch viz zoom meetings, streaming the worship service, and communicating by phone, text, or social media. While how we stay in touch may have changed, the need we have of each other has not. Sometimes,, whether we are meeting together or not, we allow ourselves to believe that our absence or not staying in touch with each other may not matter. There are times in our lives that a simple smile or the words "I have been thinking about you and praying for you" is like that horseshoe nail. Sometimes simply seeing you on Sunday is like that horseshoe nail in my life.
Please, be it up close or from a distance, remember how much each of us matter and have an impact on the battles we face as a congregation and as part of His kingdom. Paul writes [For the body is not one member but many] (I Cor 12:14). He then point out the need each part of the body have of each other. Let us remember how much each of us matters.
Have a blessed day, Vic