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"Climbing the Walls?" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

A child told his grandmother how happy he was to see her. He said, “Maybe now daddy is going to do the trick he has been promising.” Curious, she asked, “What trick is that?” “He told mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit again.”

Social distancing and isolation at home can really get the best of us, and make us figuratively climb the walls. I know it’s not a unique observation, but my dog is sure loving it. We are having more quality time together than ever. So much quality time that I am starting to read his thoughts: Max is wanting a higher quality dog-treat. He definitely wants to be walked more often. He is concerned about the squirrels and rabbits in the backyard. He would like to sleep in my bedroom. He has been wanting to tell me for a long time to not get so stressed/aggravated while watching football on TV. He is not a fan of generic dog food.

Are you somewhat climbing the walls? The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11) Amazingly, he wrote these words from a Roman prison. How was Paul able to do this? He gave us the answer in verse 13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

So here is a good word for today: Trusting in Christ, we can learn to be content whatever the circumstances. No one can pretend that this easy, especially in a global pandemic. But Paul kept the faith in a Roman prison. I pray that we will find that same confidence and hope today.

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