As I write today, it is beginning to cloud up. The sky has darkened a bit, and I wonder if we’ll have rain. As I thought these words, I was reminded of a little bit of the dialogue in Mark Twain’s little play called The Diary of Adam and Eve. It’s a funny play about those two early characters in Genesis. In the dialogue I was remembering, Adam writes in his diary, “Cloudy today. Wind in the East. I think we’ll have rain.” Adam, who in Twain’s story is not very interested in the female human who “talks too much” and is always getting too close to him, suddenly pauses and says, “hey… where’d I get that word we? Well, I don’t care about we! I’m going to build me a dry hut so me doesn’t get wet when it rains!”
It’s funny how the “we” creeps up on us and becomes so very important to us. We start off in our younger years yearning to be independent. We want to think for ourselves, making our own decisions and do things without other people’s help or interference! Then suddenly we find ourselves longing for relationships, for company, for children, for family, for friends and we can’t imagine how we can live without those people in our lives. I think most of us have become fully aware of just how important it is for us to have human contact with other people these days! We miss being among the “we” folks in our lives.
We are deeply social creatures. We know this now more than ever. Our God created us to live in community. I know how much many of you wish we could gather together in our church. Please know, I long for this as well. This longing is only over powered by my desire and the session’s desire to keep every one of you healthy and alive. We will gather again. These coronavirus days will not last forever. In the meantime, pray for all those you love. Pick up the phone and call them to chat. Gather on Zoom. Join us for worship. Draw near to God who loves you and talk to the Lord.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Is 41: 10
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