No, I am not talking about a box of Wheaties. While that may be a fine product, we do not consume it in our house because we find it less satisfying than a bowl of Fruit Loops. This morning I made my Saturday morning breakfast; something which has been a weekly ritual for many years. We had sausage, bacon, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, along with milk, juice, and coffee for the Spouse. As I thought about this fine meal, it brought to mind the number of people involved in the meal. There are the pig farmers who provide the sausage; the dairy farmers who provide the milk and butter; wheat farmers who provide the pancakes and biscuits; and of course, we cannot leave out Juan Valdeze who provides the Columbian coffee. But wait; there are more. There are the wonderful people at Kroger who paid to ship, store, and retail these products. There are the people at WalMart who help keep the prices affordable through competition. There is Costco who provides the plates, pots and pans, flatware and glasses with which we temporarily house the food on our table. I could also include the table maker and the housing industry, but let’s keep it simple.
In the discussion this morning, Spouse and Kid also bemoaned the growth hormones in the food, but I was quick to remind them that without these valuable chemicals, we would have less meat and it would be more expensive, and thus out of the reach of the common man. Without the chemicals, we would have less wheat and fruit and the livestock would be sick and would produce milk and eggs that would be less consumable and more expensive. I also reminded them that our flu shots help keep us healthy.
To add to the breakfast, you cannot forget my employers (GMR, Liberty University, Lyft, and Uber), and Presbyterian Hospital where Spouse works. They give us money in exchange for a service that we use to purchase the materials for the breakfast. In all, there are probably thousands of nameless people (nameless but to God) who make it possible for us to enjoy a Saturday morning breakfast expertly prepared with much love to a sleepy Spouse and Kid. Who knew that so much went into a family breakfast.
Tomorrow as we attend worship, we will sit in a Sunday School class and be taught the Word of God. This message was inspired long ago by people we will never meet until we go to heaven. Hopefully, it will be taught by a person who has studied the lesson in advance, perhaps through the use of a curriculum written by someone he or she has never met. It is purchased by churches who receive tithes and offerings that are used to buy the curriculum.
Tomorrow, you will probably hear a choir or a praise team singing music written by people now in heaven or destined to such. It will be led by a person who has practiced with musicians and singers in order to not put on a show, but to show us a glimpse of heaven itself where there will be a heavenly choir with real angels!
Tomorrow, we will sit in a building that was built with often nameless carpenters, plumbers, electricians, decorators and designers. Don’t forget, the building was purchased by people who gave (often at great sacrifice) to build and keep the lights on and the carpet clean.
Tomorrow, we will go to church and see countless parking attendants, greeters, ushers, deacons, elders, and prayer room volunteers. All there so that people will hopefully encounter the Creator of the universe and come to know Him; some for the first time, and some with a closer walk.
Tomorrow, you will hear a preacher who has studied, not only that week for the message, but a man who utilizes tools that he learned in seminary studies (Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Theology, History, Philosophy, Speech and Communication, and Pastoral Care). Someone, like me. A lowly, seminary and university trained professor who is tasked with teaching the next generation of Christian teachers, preachers, philosophers, writers, thinkers and apologists, missionaries, Sunday School teachers, deacons, elders, and pastors.
The Scripture says in Ephesians 4:16 “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” God has His people, out doing His thing; all over His creation.