“Words Of Lou Gehrig”

Lou Gehrig was one of the greatest baseball players in history.  He was also known as a gentleman – on and off the field.  He never argued balls and strikes with an umpire.  There was a time however, after taking a pitch that was called strike 3, he had a word with the umpire before heading back to the dugout.  After the game reporters asked the umpire what Lou had said.  The ump replied, “He said, ‘I wish I had that one over again.’”


A phrase being said over and over during the COVID – 19 Virus is, “We are in unprecedented times.”  Or, “We’ve never experienced anything like this before.”  Both statements are absolutely correct and when we get through this (and we will), we hope NO ONE will ever experience anything like it again.  But – THAT’S THEN and THIS IS NOW!!  I’ve been thrilled with so many people from the church I Pastor that are reaching out with words of encouragement and willingness to help others anyway possible.  People are volunteering to help at food banks, donating food, picking up medicine, sending emails and text messages.  These are folks from Marietta First Church of the Nazarene.  And while I feel they are exceptional, they are just common folks willing to be used by God. 


Thousands of people reading these words, scattered all over the world, representing various faiths and churches are MAKING A DIFFERENCE by caring for others in the name of Christ.  I’m proud of all of you!!  Emails have come to me with amazing stories of God’s grace and things people are doing.  WE have been uniquely placed IN SUCH A TIME AS THIS.  Let’s not be like Lou Gehrig and “Wish I had another opportunity.”  What we do over the next few weeks matters more than ever.  How we as Christians respond to this moment will significantly impact the way the next generation sees God. 


Our Lord is faithful – here’s another nugget of HOPE from Him: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They  (love and mercy) are renewed EVERY MORNING.  Great Is Your Faithfulness”  (Lamentations 3:22-23a).


Pastor Carnes