March 17

 The picture is the cover of my check book with the words from Proverbs 3:5.  When I write a check they call me back to the relationship that is meant to guide me.  They invite me whether the numbers inside the checkbook or encouraging or discouraging to remember who is my comforter and provider, and who I am called to be.  We need words that guide and put things in perspective.  We need such words when we spend money or expend our lives.
     This week I saw another set of words that also reminded me of who I am called to be.  “Your grandparents were called to war.  You’re being called to sit on your couch.  You can do this.”  I laughed and told my wife.  I was surprised she didn’t laugh.  Turned out she was sleeping in the chair next to mine. A few minutes later she woke up, read the words on her Facebook feed, started laughing, and read them to me.
     The words were posted by a person who knows what she is saying.  During the Iraq war her husband was called to service.  Their children were early teenagers.  While overseas, his tour of duty was extended.  Their family’s sacrifice was no small matter.  There were tears, worries, loneliness, economic challenges for them, and many, many others.  As I read the clever words that made me laugh, I couldn’t help but think “being stuck at home with family” would seem like a cakewalk compared to waiting each day, not knowing if your husband, (your kids’ father was still alive in a war zone each day).  
     The truth is, each challenge is unique.  The truth is sometimes life’s metaphorical checkbook is full, sometimes running on empty.  But, all times the words of Proverbs 3:5 ring true:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”  Today at 5 PM in MN indoor dining in restaurants ends, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”  This week there is no school in MN, North Dakota, or many other states.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”  The next two weeks, at the very least, all Grace UMC church activities are cancelled.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”  May God grant you the gift of trust.  
Blessings, Pastor Roger