Monday Devotional
October 25, 2021
Dear Friend,
 

Police officers hear a multitude of stories when they pull over speeders. Officer Kevin Coates, however, was not expecting the story he received when he stopped a speeding vehicle. When he asked the driver what was going on the man responded, “Everything is going wrong.” The 79-year-old Michigan driver, identified only by his first name, David, began to cry.

David explained that his wife was in poor health and his son had special needs. He had bought a new television earlier that day thinking it would bring a bit of happiness into their home. Unfortunately, David couldn’t figure out how to set the tv up. He was driving from store to store trying to find someone to help, but he was not having any luck.

The man was clearly frustrated. He had sought to do a good deed, but it wasn’t working out. Anyone who has ever struggled setting up modern technology can relate to his disappointment. The instructions made it seem so easy, but something was not right. The poor guy was driving from place to place trying to find help, but to no avail.

Officer Coates listened patiently to the man. Perhaps not wanting to make a difficult day worse, he let David off with just a warning. But, before letting him go, the officer advised him to go back home, and he would come by when his shift ended in a few hours.

True to his word, officer Coates arrived at his home bringing two additional officers. It is always good to have back up for a difficult project. The officers not only set up the television, but they took the time to explain the features and how to navigate the channels. A bad day got much better thanks to this unexpected encounter and the kindness of these strangers.

Often such stories inspire me to be the kind of person that listens patiently, pays attention to the hidden needs and to make a difference in someone’s life. That is always an important take away from such stories. But, for whatever reason, I also read this story from a different perspective. I thought of those times when life seems overwhelming, when we are frustrated, disappointed, let down, when things just aren’t going right. We have all been there. When such moments arise, I pray that the Good Samaritans of this world will be there to offer a helping hand and ease our struggle. Some days we are the ones to offer help and some days we are the much-needed recipient of someone’s kindness. 

Peace,
Howard
 

Due to the increasing Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations, local and national guidelines urge the wearing of masks for indoor activities. We ask that you wear a mask throughout the church during this time.

Sunday School for children through sixth grade is meeting on Sunday mornings once again. While the weather is nice, children and youth will gather outside at 9:00 for a lesson and fellowship. For more information, contact Jen Riddle and watch her weekly message to confirm that we will be meeting.

At some point in life, all of us suffer loss. It might be the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a change in status, but losses are a natural part of life. Learning how to deal with that loss is never an easy task. Given the losses we have experienced as a church, Rev. Boles will be leading a three week class on grief and loss. The classes continue on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. through November 7th. There are no books to purchase, just bring yourself. The class will be held in the Fellowship Hall, but you can also participate via zoom if you prefer. Please contact Rev. Boles if you would like the zoom link.

Looking for a Halloween adventure? Hidden around the church are seven spiders on a message board. These will remain up through October 31st. Bring your children or grandchildren and see if you can find all seven!

The annual Cookie Walk returns on Saturday November 20th from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up sheets are available in the church for donations or you can call Sue Romine. The proceeds of this important ministry support the mission work of the United Methodist Women.