Getting Ahead: ‘Separation’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

When I think of separation I usually think of losing someone or something to death but it can also pertain to many other things. Someone might take a trip and will be separated from their family for a short time. When they return home, the separation of that particular time is over and the family is reunited.

Separation is also demonstrated in everyday things that we do. You can separate cream from milk and if you desire, you can mix it back in. You can separate rocks from soil and then mix them back into the soil so that the end result is the condition you started with. I have watched my grandmother, mother and wife bake a cake. They take the necessary ingredients and mix them together. The difference with the cream and rocks is that they can be removed and mixed back in fairly easily, but once the cake ingredients are mixed, it would be almost impossible to separate them. It is much easier to separate one thing, then to separate many things that have been mixed together.

There are things that can be easily separated from our lives like separating cream from milk or rocks from soil. There are other things that are almost impossible to separate like a cake mix. These things can be good or bad. If we separate from something that is bad, we do not desire to have it mixed back into our life. If we are separated from something good, we want it back.

Could it be that there are good and bad things in our life which are like a cake mix; they can be easily mixed in but almost impossible to separate? If we find ourselves in this condition, is there a way to get rid of the bad and mix in the good, even though it seems to be impossible?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets at 240 Courthouse Parkway in Washington C.H. for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the lobby at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer