We joke, we laugh, we speculate…but…

“Will you come with me to the mountains?
It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened.
Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows.
But will you come?”

C.S. Lewis

(the blooming quince / Julie Cook / 2020)

I can’t say how this will all play out…how it will all end.

I think, however, I can speak for all of us in saying that we beg that it end.

We laugh at those online videos, those memes shared…
because we know that misery loves company.

We try so desperately to make light while trying so hard to laugh in our
seemingly unified endless misery.

Yet throughout all of this we must remember…
there are those who have suffered.

Those who have…
Suffered the loss of income.
Suffered the loss of livelihood.
Suffered the loss of stability.
Suffered the loss of wellbeing.
Suffered the loss of health.
Suffered the loss of life.

Let us keep in our prayers and hearts those who have lost…

Now when Jesus saw the crowds,
he went up on a mountainside and sat down.
His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes
He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you,
persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:1-12

14 comments on “We joke, we laugh, we speculate…but…

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Laughter is good medicine. Reality is a bitter pill. So if we are to survive, we learn to place our trust in our Savior, our brother, our Jesus. He’s lived through it. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. pkadams says:

    I was just thinking that I am not seeing much humor on facebook anymore. People are suffering in all the ways you mentioned. Not much laughing. 😦

  3. Tricia says:

    Good post Julie. Also a good reminder that we need to remember that people all over are going through very different things and suffering for different reasons.

  4. Lynda Clayton says:

    It is certainly challenging to isolate at home and to put aside our normal ways of living; however, this is a time when that small sacrifice is made for the common good. As you mentioned, so many have lost so much; so many are very concerned and afraid for the future; yet we are able to rest in the hope that we have in Christ Jesus our Lord. Prayers for all those who have lost in so many different ways and prayers that people will be willing to put aside their own concerns for the good of all. Blessings for you and your family!

  5. Pastor Cathy says:

    His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

    Jesus saw the crowds,

  6. Ed says:

    All of this could have been over in a week according to the experts. But we know what it is to presevere!

  7. Dawn Marie says:

    Indeed, Rejoice & Be Glad…in all things.
    I always seem to be behind in my reading; however, whenever the time IS provided for me to catch-up your words seem to have the most appropriateness to my heart. Thank you for your faithful sharing…. Hugs!

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