Getting Ahead: ‘Switching the Input’


By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist



One morning, after our grandson had stayed all night with Glenda and me, he asked me to start his X-box so he could play his video game. He was sitting on the couch all covered up in a blanket and wanted me to hand him the controller and get it going. I handed the controller to him and switched the TV channel to 01. I had noticed on previous occasions that channel 01 was the channel our grandchildren used when playing their X-box.

The screen was blue and nothing was happening.

I tried other channels but got the same result; a blue screen. I went on to check the X-box and it was turned on and putting out a signal. My little grandson, sitting all snuggled up under his blanket, told me to go get Nana (Glenda) and she would fix it. I told him Nana was getting dressed and she could not come at that very moment. I left the room and he just sat there looking at a blue screen.

All at once it came to me that I needed to change the input on the TV. When I pushed the input button on the remote, the TV and my grandson came alive with excitement as the X-box signal came through.

There are times in our lives when it feels like we are just sitting and looking at a blue screen. Nothing is happening and there doesn’t seem to be anyone that can help us. Everything seems to be in order but nothing is getting through. Many times when this happens, we look for a solution that will help us be content to sit and look at the blue screen of life.

Like my little grandson, we will then just sit under our blanket and see nothing. Could it be that all we need to do is to switch the input? Could the signal have been there all the time and the solution is as easy as choosing the right input?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our worship service and children’s church then begin at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible study and children’s ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington C.H.

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By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist