We ministers don’t really ever get a Sunday of rest. Sunday is a work day—a hard, stressful day—but a day full of joy and satisfaction as well. But if ministers are going to get a day of rest then it must come on some other day of the week. (And to all of you who think that ministers just work on Sunday, may you spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement watching reruns of “C-Span.”)
Anyway, a few years ago, I had a Sunday on a Monday (and Tuesday), thanks to 3-4 inches of snow. (Yes, we had another snowpocalypse a few years back.) I slept in that day, drank coffee, and watched some TV (not “C-Span”). That is until Sheri and Natalie got ready for war. They compelled me to get off my duff and fill up our cooler with snow balls. And off we went down the street like neighborhood bullies.
We knocked on the front door of some kids we know, and as soon as it opened, we opened fire. At first it was the Davis squadron against the two of them. Then they phoned in some support from down the street. The battle seemed like a standoff until Sheri said, “Let’s all get Mr. Steve.” It was like shooting at ducks at the county fair, except that I wasn’t much of a moving target. I took it like a man. After the skirmish we invited them over for hot chocolate.
Jesus said something about “loving your enemies.” He also said we should “turn the other cheek,” which I don’t think applies to snow ball fights. He is the world’s Prince of Peace. I don’t believe he wants us picking fights or intentionally hurting others. I’ll admit that I threw some pretty nasty snow balls in the direction of the Assyrians, I mean, the kids down the street. But it was all in fun.
Is it possible that politicians in Washington and talking heads on cable TV could have a snow ball fight, and then when it is over, share a laugh or two over hot chocolate? I realize that the things they fight over are (sometimes) really serious matters. But I also think that some of them are too intoxicated with power, fame, and money.
Is it possible that the civility of the neighborhood skirmish could make its way to our nation’s capital or to the cable news channels? Do you think it could ever happen? Really?
Well, did you ever in your wildest imagination think that we would see snow like we have lately? You see, with God all things are possible.
“For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).