“I hope to visit you and talk with you face-to-face, so that our joy may be complete.” 2 John 1:12
As 2020 thankfully comes to an end I want to let everyone know how much I wish that I could do exactly what John said he hoped to do—see everyone face-to-face—because I know our joy would be complete. But as COVID 19 continues to slam into the world’s community with a real health compromising and deadly power impacting thousands, I know that I can’t see you face-to-face.
However, every morning at 9:30 I rush to get into the FACEBOOK stream of the church to give you a chance to laugh, smile, and sometimes even groan with me through our daily PD@930 “devotion.”
On St. Patrick’s Day I sat down at the piano in the overflow section of church and streamed the Books of the Bible song telling everyone to wash their hands. I tried to be funny and apparently I was, because within 24 hours I had requests to be funny the next day. And by trying to be funny each day I found that I was helping myself compensate for the lack of human contact. What has amazed me are the number of funny ideas that exist, because we have now recorded almost 200 episodes of PD@930.
If you haven’t watched any, you can find them on our FACEBOOK page.
Every Friday since March I have videotaped a cooking lesson sharing my recipes for a wide variety of food, including even my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Mac and Cheese. Every Saturday I share jokes that people have sent in and I have now told more than 1000 different jokes that everyone can use. Yes, some are real groaners but many get me laughing out loud. One man in Malaysia thought it was a cooking show and now he and his wife worship with us occasionally.
I always squeeze in a Scripture reading and a prayer, but truthfully my intent is to get you to smile and have some joy. Plus it helps me smile on days when the dark clouds loom around.
So until I can be with you face-to-face please consider my morning smiles as being smiles for you!