2001-09-18 - National Play-Doh Day
Joshua 24:15 And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land your are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
In case you did not know, today, September 18, 2001 is National Play-doh Day. I'm not making this up. I know as a kid, I always thought of Play-doh as a fun activity that my mom would suggest to keep myself and several of the neighborhood friends out of trouble, or at least occupied for a little while. Play-doh, from a kids perspective, reminds me of doing something fun, with others, and this concept of togetherness was driven home last week as the terrorists hit America.
So many kids will never see their mom or dad again. So many parents will never see their kids again. Brothers and sisters will all have voids from brothers and sisters that are missing. Almost every one of them would give all they have for an hour more with the one that is lost. It simply reminds me of the importance of spending time now, even if it involves sacrifice, with the ones who are close to us.
It has been speculated by several commentators on the Bible that if sin had not entered the world we would have worshiped God together as families and not as local congregations. Of course this is speculation and worth little since sin is here and quite active in our world, but it still shows that the scholars of the Bible see something greatly significant in the family unit. This family worship, in an extended sense, can been seen in 1 Corinthians 16:19, "The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house."
My encouragement to you all is to take some time and do something with or for your family and/or friends. I know time is precious, but so are our families and friends. It might be an unexpected email, or card that says, "thinking of you." It might be a phone call for no apparent reason at all, "I just wanted to say hi." Maybe a careful self-invite to visit, "just to spend some time together." Whatever, you might think of doing, doing something usually beats doing nothing. I encourage you to take the time and make the effort to reach out.
I have five guys that work for me. The father of one of them is a police officer in New York City. He lost several colleagues in the Twin Towers attack. This family also lost a close family friend. Another one of the five lost his next door neighbor and best friend growing up. He is so broken that he has yet to return to work. In conversing with these men over the last week, the importance of close relationships has been driven home vividly. It also has reinforced the beauty of Psalm 133
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing; life forever."
Soli Deo Gloria,