Some of you are probably not old enough to remember Calgon commercials. Calgon was known for a water softener that, when used in conjunction with laundry detergent, made your laundry extra clean. But they also offered a myriad of foaming bath products that were well known for the catch phrase;
The commercials were often accompanied by some pretty woman who had had a rough day at work or craziness with the family, and now it was time for a bath. Calgon would take her away!
If you are like me (human and breathing), you are looking for something to take you away about now. It has been six weeks since Governor Murphy of New Jersey asked us to stay home, and I feel like a kid who ran out of Adderall! Life is a distraction that I cannot seem to escape, and its making me a little cranky.
I know you are feeling it too. I have heard from many of you. There’s only so many walks to be taken, jigsaw puzzles to assemble, books to read, shows and movies to watch, etc. You are starting to lose concentration or motivation to finish that project, and the rain has dampened a lot of outdoor activity. I know it’s getting bad when profound introverts like The Flying Scotsman are getting a little stir crazy.
So I remind us all to take a deep breath and remember why we are doing all this in the first place. If this was a children’s sermon, one of the kids would be yelling, “Jesus!”
Let’s let him remind us why we do this:
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.Matthew 7:12
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’Matthew 25:40
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’Matthew 25:45
By staying home and practicing social distancing, we are protecting our neighbors and ourselves. The least of these may be our parents, grandparents, diabetic cousin, and our immunocompromised friends. We are doing it for them, and therefore doing it for Jesus. And this pleases 42!
So let’s pray to 42 that he will give us stamina, encourage us to blaze on, take away the distractions, and banish my crankiness.
O Jesus, take me away!
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.Deuteronomy 6:24-26