How are you?
I’ve got a bunch of writing and video projects that I’m working on for you and others. Some of them will be fun, actually, to flesh out. But as I was getting to the end of a good and active weekend, I thought, “You don’t need to read something heavy and challenging today any more than I need to write something heavy and challenging.”
I know that we are supposed to sharpen each other, that we are supposed to make the most of every opportunity. On the piece of paper in front of me, are some questions that I wrote this weekend: “Who am I teaching today? What am I teaching?”
But some days, a week after Easter, when we are recovering from the post Lent release and the post-Easter slide toward ordinary time, we need a smile. We need to be encouraged to do what we know rather than hearing more things to do.
I know. There are obstacles and challenges. Over the weekend I heard several. There are people, friends of yours, friends of mine, in difficult situations – decades in the making, unresolvable in the visible future. But there are people, friends of yours, friends of mine, who are laughing this morning. The test result came back clear. The details worked out in a way that may best be described as miraculous.
If you are in the former group, take courage. You are seen. If you are in the later group, give courage. You can see. And do both together.
It’s to us Paul writes, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”
So this morning, I’m cheering for you. I’m cheering you.