Monday Musing for 4.13.20

 

Dear Friends,

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his steadfast love endures forever.”  Psalm 136:1

Bill Mullette-Bauer, retired treasurer of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, told the story of a child walking through the ruins of her bombed out village in Lebanon.  As she walked, she sang:  “Good morning God, this is your day, I am your child, show me your way.”

We sing this little song with our Kid’s Stuff children every time I lead a chapel service.  (Which I haven’t been able to do for some time now.)

Tony Campolo tells a similar story.  This time the setting is Haiti.  He met adorable children with distended stomachs from malnutrition.  One of the children was singing, “God is so good; God is so good; God is so good; He’s so good to me.”

Jack Porter was manager-director at our beautiful Suttle Lake United Methodist Camp near Sisters, Oregon quite a few years back.  I learned last week of his death.  Here’s one of the stories told about Jack:

They had just completed the fire drill that was always part of the first day’s schedule.  The campers were gathered in the parking lot, surrounded by tall trees.

Jack would ask the campers, “What do we breathe in?”  They would answer, “Oxygen.”  He would ask, “What do we breathe out?”  They would answer, “Carbon dioxide.”  Then he would have the campers look up at the trees.  “What do the trees breathe in?”  “Carbon dioxide.”  What do the trees breathe out?”  “Oxygen.”

Then Jack Porter would say, “Isn’t God good!”

Yes, God is good.  All the time.  All the time. God is good.

In these challenging days, we might forget that.  But the goodness of God does not change with our changing circumstances.

All the time, God is good!

In Christ,

 

John