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When I was growing up, Memorial Day was a super time! It signaled only a week or so left of school. There was a parade in the morning. A trip to the cemetery at some point in the day. A cook out with family or friends at lunch and then it was the kickoff of the Little League baseball season. There were six teams and we played twice a week so a total of six games. We would have two games a night on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. But on Memorial Day, it was a triple header! We would start around three and go into the evening. A great ending to a great day.

But as I sit here thinking about this year, a movie ending comes to mind: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! Think about it, all of the trappings and activities that were associated with the day were stolen, but not the spirit. Taking away those things altered the day, but not the underlying purpose of the day. The Whos all came together and still sang the Welcome Christmas song. All of the “stuff” associated with the day had changed, but the day had not changed at all. A great ending to a great movie.

As we ease into this Memorial Day weekend, a Grinch called the coronavirus or COVID-19 has come in and stolen all of the trappings. No baseball games to attend, be it the kids at a local ball park or heading down to Tiger Stadium. Schools closing? Well, they have been closed for a couple of months now. Sure you can gather in your backyard and have a cookout, but not with a big group of friends or a large extended family gathering. Cemeteries can be visited, but the Boy Scouts will not put out flags like they have in the past. On one hand the day has been stolen.

But Memorial Day is about more than all those events, it is about a heritage and a time to remember those who have gone before us. We can still celebrate these things in a smaller setting, maybe simply talking with family about family. The heritage of what led your family to where it is today. Remembering fun times from the past or that relative you enjoyed so much. Look at some old photos and take a trip down memory lane. We are usually too busy to take the time to do some of these things. This year we seem to have more time, because that is one thing that wasn’t stolen.

We can also take the time to think about our spiritual heritage. Share with your family the events that have happened in your life that brought you to where you are today. What friends or relatives had an important part in that spiritual journey. Then there is the trip to the cemetery--or should I say empty tomb. Time to remember the sacrificed life that was the starting point of our spiritual heritage.

It can be the best Memorial Day ever. Not because of the events, but because nothing can steal or suspend what is really important: family. Remember your physical and spiritual families and take the time to make it a Memorial Day that wasn’t stolen, but enriched.

Grateful for the Day,

Randy


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I am still trying to figure out where we’re at. Now, I am pretty good with maps and know where we are geographically. It would be at 42 27 38 and 83 14 13. For those that are familiar with the spacing of the numbers you know and understand the numbers are latitude and longitude respectively with degrees, minutes and seconds. If those numbers are then plugged into any coordinate program you can pull up online, it will give you South Lyon. If you want to go further down that rabbit hole, a solar calculator for today, Friday, May 15th, gives you an apparent sunrise of 6:45 am for today and 8:10 pm for the sunset at those coordinates. (Apparent because of the refractive nature of the earth.) And now I probably have some of you thinking I really am lost.

The lost I am referring to, is in figuring out where we are with the color coded phase chart that we have for the reopening of Michigan. On one hand it appears we are still in the section “Stay Home, Stay Safe” with remote working which puts us in Phase 2 or the red box. But then again Phase 3 or the orange box allows construction and real estate to start back up, which it has. Both of them have “no gatherings,” so coming back together is still out at the moment. When we get to Phase 4 or the yellow box, we are allowed to have small gatherings, though it doesn’t actually define small.

All of this can be a little frustrating at times. The restrictions placed on us and the staying at home can be very frustrating, especially for those who like to go and do. Believe it or not, it has been less than two months we have had to deal with all of this. What if you had to deal with this for three years? That would put us in the same timeframe where Jesus dealt with some frustrations of His own.

I remember first reading this verse that follows Luke’s account of Jesus being tempted. It is verse 13 of Luke chapter 4 and states, “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left Him until a more opportune time.” What!? Satan didn’t leave Jesus permanently?! No, for the three years of Jesus’ ministry Satan was always around looking for an opportunity to pounce on Jesus, to get Him to sin, to go against God. Three years Jesus had to deal with these temptations coming at Him. What these temptations were we don’t know, but most likely of the same nature that we read about in the first 12 verses of chapter 4.

So, we are continuing to deal with our current situation. The frustration of not knowing what phase we are in. Not knowing when we will be able to go back to work. Not knowing when we can have people over for dinner again. Not knowing when sports and other activities will resume. Not knowing when we will be back at the building for services, classes, the JOY Group or other activities. In all of the not knowing where we are, there is one thing we do know. We are children squarely located in the family of God. I John 2:12 “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” Now, those are coordinates that can make us feel peacefully grounded wherever we are.

Happy where I am located,

Randy

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Mother’s Day weekend is like no other. The Saturday and Sunday of that weekend are the two busiest days of the year for restaurants with an increase of around 60% in customers and revenues up for some by 70% over the average day for the rest of the year. Now this doesn’t apply to all places. Burger places along with pizza and burritos places don’t see the increase and some even experience a decrease in revenues. But you could kinda see that. “Hey mom”, or “sweetheart” where do you want to go eat for Mother’s Day? Not really expecting a “let’s go get a burrito”, to be the reply. So this weekend is a bonanza for restaurants.

This year will be a little different. Yes, you can still get the carry out from most of your favorite restaurants. They may even be running some specials to get you to get carry out from their place. But it won’t be quite the same. The food will come home in a cardboard or styrofoam container, carried in a plastic bag. Quite a let down from a nice plate brought to your table on a tray carried by a server. “Watch it, this may be hot”, won’t be heard. Nor will “I’m going to put some cheese on this, tell me when to stop”. Most likely won’t hear “do you need a refill” or “how about some dessert”. So the food could be the same, but the ambience will be quite different.

So if it’s going to be different, let’s make it different! Rent a hot air balloon. Oh, probably can’t do that, hard to do that whole social distance thingy in those small baskets. Maybe a horse drawn carriage? Those probably aren’t running either. Serenade her from the rooftop of your home. Ah, probably not a good thing for 90% of us. Plus there is the risk of having the police called, not for lack of social distancing, there would probably be plenty of that, but for disturbing the peace. Maybe bath the dog with her. Yea, don’t know where that one came from, but pretty sure we can toss that out. But we can make it special.

What about something a little, no way, out there. Sit her down, take her hands, or have the family circle up all holding hands and pray for mom! I told you it would be a little different than normal. Now I am not saying, for you guys that are thinking it, hey a cheap way out, I don’t have to pay for a meal. No, still enjoy the take out meal from her favorite restaurant. But what about adding something that says how important she is to you and your family. By praying with her and for her on this day we honor her. It would be a little different.

If we claim to be different, we need to be different. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the amenities of the world we live in. But realize all these amenities, all of these restaurants will pass away, the spiritual is what will carry on. Let’s be His people in this world. Let’s be His people this weekend. Let’s be His people for mom. Guys, it is time to step up, and be different. Let’s make this a Mother’s Day like no other!

Praying with my children’s mother,

Randy


South Lyon
church of christ

248-437-3585

office@southlyonchurch.com

21860 Pontiac Trail

South Lyon, MI  48178

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