“Absurd times call for absurd amounts of love.”
Good afternoon, friends. It’s me, Pastor Thomas. I hope you haven’t forgotten me. After years of this (mostly) weekly ministry the past month has been a mess. First, my COVID positive test, then a week later my wife’s positive test, then my grandmother’s death (at 109), then a New Year’s out of town. I’m not making excuses, merely trying to express my exasperation. Hopefully, things will return to a respectable rhythm. Anyway, let’s try to get to it.
Speaking of respectable rhythms, would anyone say that 2021 has begun in a way you would like to continue? I dare say I would get no takers. The uptick in the COVID spread and the chaos in the Capital caused this start of the year to be as crazy and absurd as one could imagine. Every day seems to bring some kind of new absurdity. But here we are.
Many among us are like deer; we freeze when shocked or surprised. I have no judgement for “freezers”; sometimes I do, too. But what I find to be consistent is that shocks and surprises that freeze is are typically of the negative sort: 9/11, Oklahoma City, Pearl Harbor, COVID, heart attacks, death of loved ones, etc., etc., etc. You know what I mean. Big, bad things happen and we are shocked. The absurdity of the moment imbalances our inner ears of action. “What to do?”
Montague reminds us that the best action in absurd times (which surely describe our current times) is an absurd amount of love. It would take more space and time than I have to give today, but simply asked, does anyone think more negativity, anger and hate like we’ve seen recently will help? I sure don’t. None of us can love effectively outside of our spheres of influence, but in our spheres we can love abundantly and absurdly. And make huge differences.
These are absurd times, for sure. But don’t freeze, and don’t resort to negative thoughts and/or behaviors. Trust the eternal truth: love is the answer. And go big! Have a wonderful week!