Edwin M. Temple
Brooke L. Wright
Church Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Edee was stung by a red wasp last week. It made her absolutely furious. Mostly, she was outraged at the injustice of it all. Again and again, she protested to me saying that she was minding her own business and the wasp came out of nowhere and stung her for no good reason. I think the apparent senselessness of the attack caused her more pain than the sting itself.
We tend to agree with Edee about such things. The consensus of opinion favors the view that bad things shouldn’t happen to good people. Whether we admit it or not, we believe that if we go along, get along, pay our bills and taxes, mow our lawns, obey the law, follow the rules, and try to do what is right, bad things won’t happen to us, or at least they shouldn’t. In a perfect world, this might be true. Unfortunately, the hard, cold reality here is that we don’t live in a perfect world. We do, however, live in a wonderful, beautiful world which is tragically corrupted and tainted by sin. “Fallen” is the word we use to describe creation in its present form. This current state of things means that sometimes really bad, unjust things will happen to the best of us. Don’t give up! Don’t lose faith or hope! God is still alive and loves us! In the end, everything gets sorted out and made right. Until then, our job is to: “walk in faith, keep hope alive, and not to grow weary in doing what is right.” The same God who loved us enough to allow Christ to die for us, loves us still. Let’s claim that love and walk in the light and warmth of it, even when the wasps sting!
I’ll see you in church Sunday! ~ Ed