For lack of a comma?


My friend, may I ask you a question?Are we so often keyed into schedules, electronic devices and calendars of all kinds, that we forget that our lives are governed from above and not from schedules we conceive of and determine to follow?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


When we go on a long trip I like to drive with as few stops as possible. There’s just something about “beating my best time” that really pumps me up for a good drive; that is until recently when my wife asked me about a town we had just driven through. I looked at her with a silly smile and replied, “What town? I didn’t see a town.” I hadn’t even noticed we had passed through a town, I was so fixed on that hypnotic, pulsating center stripe. Her suggestion that it might be a good time to stop and take a break made some sense. Miss an entire town that might take several minutes to drive through and you know you aren’t concentrating on the right things. The center stripe had become my guide and not the many small towns we were passing through.

Focusing on the center stripe may get you there faster, but it probably won’t get you there happier, healthier and better served by the drive. It’s a great lesson when applied to the way we live our lives as well. Often we’re so keyed into schedules, electronic devices and calendars of all kinds, we forget that our lives are governed from above and not from schedules we conceive of and determine to follow.

Here’s a story from Brenda Wood. “An article I was reading said, ‘Jet fighters take off land and are stored on deck.’ How peculiar, I thought. That doesn't make sense. Then I stopped to reconsider. My knowledge of such ships is limited, but I do know that they are called aircraft carriers for a reason! I revisited the sentence. ‘Jet fighters take off, land and are stored on deck.’ Aha! Now the sentence was clear. I had missed the comma! Some of us are missing many commas in our lives. We are scurrying around with a cellphone, I-Phone, I-Pad, Day-timer®, and a calendar filled to the brim. Our lives don’t seem to make sense. We take precious little time to wonder about life’s meaning and ponder God’s purpose for our life. Then we ask why God has not spoken into our lives. His answers will become clear when we add some ‘commas’ to our busy spaces.” (Brenda Wood brcwood@sympatico.ca –Sandy Cove, Ontario, Canada)

We often create our own schedules and then we ask God to bless them. We moan about our busyness and say “Yes” to one more event, job, or occasion when we ought to be asking the Lord to help us take the time to examine our schedules through His eyes, and then give us the courage to cross out the extras and replace them with some “commas”. When our Savior instructs us to “Come with (him) by (ourselves) to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31), perhaps it would be a good idea to drop everything and follow. Sometimes a comma in life can be very relaxing as well as rewarding.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit. Heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives. Let your peace reign in our family, at our place of work, businesses and everything we lay our hands on. Let your angels of peace go ahead of us when we go out and stay by our side when we return. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.praywithme.com/prayer-for-peace-of-mind.html--adapted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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