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November 14 -- "Going Crazy? Just Laugh"

Let me share a Covid-19 game I’ve been playing at home. Each time I vacuum, I look in the corner for spider webs and spiders. If there is a web, I suck it up with the vacuum hose. The next time I vacuum, if I see the spider web is back, I know I didn’t get the spider. When that happens, the spiders get a point. But if I go back and the there is no spider web, I know I got the culprit and I get the point.

The other day, as I was vacuuming, I said out loud (I’ve noticed I talk more to myself since Covid arrived), “Darn it, that’s the second time you’ve out-smarted me. Next time, you’re mine!”

Unbeknownst to me, Ann had entered the room and witnessed the exchange. She asked with a note of concern in her voice, “Who you talking too?”

“The spider.” I said matter-of-factly.

“The spider that’s outsmarting you?”

“Yep. That’s the one.”

Thankfully, she just rolled her eyes and left the room, but before she did, I was able to shout out, “I beating them seven to five.”

Later that same day Ann and I took the dogs for a walk. I have no idea how it got started, but we ended up having an extensive conversation about whether or not it is ever permissible to pick your nose. Afterwards, I looked at Ann and said, “We’ve officially ran out of things to talk about.”

If your curious, we did conclude that it is acceptable to pick your nose under certain circumstances. But please the next time you see one of us, don’t ask us to explain what those circumstances are; it’s embarrassing.

You might also be interested in knowing that I am now up on the spiders 11-8.

One man wrote that as he was working at home, his dog started staring at him. As he stared back, he swore he could read the dogs’ mind. It was asking, “If you really are working why don’t you have any pants on?”

From Hollywood, an actress who is friends with Tom Hanks, was asked if she was worried that Covid-19 would do any harm to him. She replied, “He has already survived a World War, being stranded on an island, being stranded at an airport, a failed moon landing, an emergency flight landing on the river and a ship hijacking, I doubt Covid will hurt him.” After replying this way, she then told the reporter, “But maybe this isolation is causing me to lose my ability to discern reality.”

A comedian shared that he got a great offer to perform in Los Vegas. The pay he was promised was too much to turn down. So, he risked flying across the country. He said he was worried about the flight, as planes are petri-dishes for Covid. But that particular fear gave way when the pilot’s voice came over the loud speaker and he said, “Hello, this is your pilot. I’m working from home today.”

The Apostle Paul says in First Corinthians, chapter 4: “Do not lose heart.” Yes, Covid is making us all a little bit crazy, but it doesn’t mean we have to lose heart or our will to carry on.

Yes, things are different – we can work and even attend meetings with no pants on.

Yes, we can go a couple extra days without taking a shower.

Yes, we are losing our close contact with one another; for now, it just has to be this way.

But we don’t have to lose our connection with God. Pray, read Scripture, listen to a Christian on TV or Podcast. Pick up a spiritual book and read it. Let it speak to you.

And when you find yourself doing or thinking something kind of crazy – don’t get down about it – just laugh!

~ God bless, Dan

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