I thought this was a wonderful example of living our lives regardless of the circumstances.
|Short term pleasure is often short-sided.|
scabbed over (probably from my scratching - remember, don't scratch!). I may have been covered in pink calamine lotion at one point but that's a little fuzzy as well.
Neither of my kids have had it and I'm not so sure that it's been a good thing to deny them of this important rite of passage from childhood:
staying home from school
being itchy all day
hearing the constant "quit scratching" reminders from parents
Germs are something we share all the time with one another but without intent.
I remember the slogan of The United Methodist Church in the 1980's was "Catch the Spirit". Maybe some of you even had one of the bumper stickers on your cars. I ran across an old video on YouTube of a "Catch the Spirit" commercial that ran on local television:
This Sunday, my sermon title will be "Catch the Spirit" and I'll be using a very short parable by Jesus as relayed in Matthew 13:33. Rather than link it, I can print the whole thing here:
<Jesus> told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” (NRSV)
This parable speaks to a sense of abundance but also has a darker side that we may not get at first glance. I'm looking forward to preaching on this as we celebrate the abundance of grace we have in God! If you are in the Edmond area, I hope you'll join us and if you are otherwise engaged, you can subscribe to our church Youtube channel.
Picture By Orrling and Tomer S [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons