People are doing different things these days to stay sane in the midst of this pandemic and distract their respective minds from the reality of what’s going on around us. Except, perhaps, for extramarital affairs. I think the number of those are down, but who knows.
Thankfully, I am a coffee drinker and have been one going back to about the age of 10 when my mother thankfully referred to it as “coffee milk.” Sure, it was a cup of milk, but at least it had enough coffee in it to add color to the cup and pump at least a little caffeine into my system, like I needed any energy when I was young.
In the three years I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of serving at Zion Lutheran Church in Alamo, it’s become clear to me that our church—in particular, our church building—on South Alamo Road may be losing its identity. I often wonder what, if any, impression our building makes on passers-by. There’s no spire, no bell tower (well, there’s an aging one near the front doors, a sentinel from another era), only a big blue cross holding an electric sign with ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH across the top in letters that you’d swear weren’t there the first time you looked (like the bell tower, this cross is a sentinel guarding a different time). Our present building, opened in 1967, was a departure from its original, early 20th-century smalltown church design.
Psalm 92: 12-14, The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green ...
From my first flying lesson all through my flying career, the one thing I never wanted to do was to die by being stupid. I never asked them, but my flying students and charter passengers no doubt felt the same way. I soon noticed as I grew older and grew a brain how most of us walk through life with our heads buried halfway up our rears. Proof of that are the many stupid drivers you see on the roads. You can’t act that way flying a plane.