Monday, 11/30/20 – Pressing on… Orange Monday

Orange Monday

“Knock, knock…” / “Who’s there?” / “Redd.” / “Redd who?”
“Knock, knock…” / “Who’s there?” / “Redd.” / “Redd who?”
“Knock, knock…” / “Who’s there?” / “Redd.” / “Redd who?”
“Knock, knock…” / “Who’s there?” / “Orange.” / “Orange who?” / “Orange you glad I didn’t say ‘Redd’?”

Groan!

Last Friday New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs announced a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions as Fredericton Zone 3 joined the Moncton and Saint John Zones 1 & 2 in moving from the yellow to orange recovery phase. And yes, all residents are very glad indeed the premier didn’t say ‘red.’

No matter what you are currently experiencing it is usually true that “Things could be worse.”

Today, for example I had a wretched flare up of one of my intestinal issues. These happen from time to time and though this one was pretty rugged (still is actually as I write this) I know from past experience that episodes can indeed be MUCH worse!

I like the sentiments one creative mother expressed in “Grateful for…” (see image). It’s really all a matter of attitude, one’s point of view… standpoint. When you think if it, “standpoint” is a pretty good word. Things look different depending upon where the viewer stands.

Someone once noted, “Life would not seem nearly as difficult if we did not expect it to be easy.” Jesus never promised us ‘easy.’ In fact, He said, “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33). Trouble should be our expectation. We’ve been told. Trouble is the ‘norm.’

But Jesus did not stop there. The passage continues: “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Thank Him there is something in which we can take heart. “This world” is not all there is. There is another one which brings the believer hope.

“Hope” is the first candle of Advent, lit this past Sunday in our church and in churches around this world. It signals the coming of Messiah… Redeemer… our Christ, Saviour, and Lord. In trouble Christ brings hope.

More tomorrow…

To hear this past Sunday’s message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.

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