Just a few disconnected thoughts (my favorite kind).
1. I love this country. I can live anywhere because of my heritage and background, but I choose to live in the USA. There is so much here that exists nowhere else on the planet (The Bill of Rights: don't leave home without it). During our current crisis you once again see that the power of the USA is not its government but its people. Where else can you find people in every corner, in every business, in every church, and in every home rallying to take care of each other and pouring out funds to people they don't know and will never meet? In our congregation alone people have given many thousands and that is ahead of an event we are hosting this Sunday when we plan to gather with our African American brethren from downriver for an afternoon of prayer, praise and giving.
2. If I was stranded on a desert island (I would rather be on a dessert island, but those are harder to find) and could have three books they would be:
a. the Bible
b. the Carmina Gaedelica (a huge collection of Gaelic prayers and meditations)
c. "The Practical Guide to Shipbuilding For Dummies"
What ones would you take?
3. Isn't it wonderful to see that while our politicians fight each other to see who to blame, the people just rally to make sure that our fellow citizens are comforted? Wouldn't the world be a better place if our politicians were more like our people? Wouldn't we be better off being ruled by the first 500 names in the phone book than by professional blame casters?
4. How do people handle the crises in life when they are not part of a faith family? I know for certain that were my house to burn down there would be a line of people waiting to help me before the flames died down. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Where would I be without them? Why would anyone chose to live without a church family?
In a couple of days I'll do something more coherent here. Maybe. God bless all of you.