An Old Thought That Still Works

The other day I was walking through the gymnasium when I noticed one of our wonderful P.E. teachers, Anna Hughey, getting ready for her next class.  They were going to be playing one of my all-time favorite games, kickball. As we talked about the awesomeness of the game, I was reminded of a paper that I wrote as a young boy. 

For some reason, my mom decided to keep a masterpiece of literature titled, What I Want To Be When I Grow Up.  My career of choice?  Professional Kickball Player.  In my paper I declared my love for the game and explained why I was going to be the greatest kickball player in the world, nay, the history of the world.  I thought it would be the best job anyone could ever have.

Obviously that did not work out as planned.

Anyway, this is not about kickball, or careers, or old 2nd Grade homework assignments.  

I would like to share something that I wrote a few years ago that has a much more important theme than kickball, and it certainly applies to our current time.  It was an article about grief and joy, and in the article I was able to list many issues that were real in that moment.  

Today I will share "griefs" from today:
   - sickness
   - loss of loved ones
   - distance learning (interesting that I had "online teaching" as a positive in my original list)
And "joys" that I see:
   - opportunities to share the Gospel
   - new church connections
   - ability to help many that are in need
   - ease of working online with others all over the world 

The one thing that is just the same today as it was when I first wrote the article is this:

As part of my study of the Book of Luke, I was reading a commentary* and came across the following quote – “Grief grows greater by concealing: joy by expression.”  The writer continued by saying, “We should always regard communion with other believers as an eminent means of grace.  It is a refreshing break in our journey along the narrow way to exchange experience with our fellow travelers.  It helps us insensibly and it helps them, and so is a mutual gain.”

I love the line, "It is a refreshing break in our journey along the narrow way to exchange experience with our fellow travelers."

May we take the time to exchange our grief and joy with our fellow travelers; it will be a mutual gain.

Dan Bishop

School Chaplain

The Gospel of Luke by J. C. Ryle 1858