In honor of the start of a new baseball season I have a couple of stories to share.

“Two baseball players were discussing whether or not there would be baseball in heaven.  Baseball had been their life and they wondered would heaven be heaven without baseball?  They made a pack:  Whoever died first would attempt to make contact and bridge the chasm that separated life and death to tell if there was indeed baseball in heaven.  One day one of the players died and the other waited for the expected revelation.  Days passed, weeks turned into months and months into years.  Finally one night the deceased player appeared to the other in a dream, saying, ‘Well, Jake, I’ve got good news and bad news:  The good news is there really is baseball in heaven; in fact, we have a terrific team here — Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Shoeless Joe, all the guys play.’  ‘Wonderful,’ Jake exclaimed, ‘but what in heaven’s name could the bad news be?’  ‘The bad news is you’re pitching tomorrow!’”

There is a story about a home-run hitting farm boy from Mississippi. This fellow could hit the ball a country mile, as they say. So one of the major league teams invited him to spring training. Each week the young slugger wrote his mother. The first week he wrote: Dear mom, leading all batters. These pitchers are not so tough. A week later he boasted, Looks like I will be a starting infielder. Now hitting .500. In the third week, the young man’s mother received his letter which read: Dear Mom, they started throwing curves. I’ll see you on Friday.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:18-19
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Reflection Questions:
What new thing is God doing in your life?
What former thing are you still dwelling on?
How do you envision post COVID-19 life?

Prayer: Holy God, when I worry or dwell on things I cannot control or change, help me perceive the nearness of your Spirit.  Make a new way for me. Amen.

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