God is with Us! Here’s to the misfits! 05.20.2020

Hello Friends,
Minnesota’s “Stay-at-Home” order went into effect on March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
For seven weeks now we have experienced some of the very best in humanity in responding to the Corona virus precautions.  Sadly, we have also seen some of the worst in humanity.
 
A restaurant owner, who has been working in the industry for more than three decades, said the the patrons on Mother’s Day were the most difficult he has ever had.   There was no empathy for the workers who were swamped and trying to get the orders out.  Customers were rude and one person almost became violent. There was just a whole lot of privilege.  “I want my pancakes and I want them right now.”
 
I understand that people are anxious and feeling cooped up.  But contrast the restaurant owner’s experience with the stories Lorrie Sandelin shares from the clients of the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf.  Every week Lorrie meets clients who are in tears because they are so grateful for the food.  Last week she received cards hand drawn by children who received food, expressing their thanks.
 
Who will you be during this pandemic?  Will you be the crabby pancake guy, or the filled-with-gratitude person?
 
Make this the day to choose to be extra kind, extra patient, extra loving and extra generous.  
 
Here’s to the Crazy Ones, by Rob Siltanen
Here’s to the crazy ones.  
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.  
The ones who see things differently. 
They’re not fond of rules.  
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. 
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, 
are the ones who do.

Galatians 6:9
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins