Getting Ahead: Moving past troubling experiences

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist

Every year when students go back to school there will be illness that is spread around from one to the other. The children coming home with fevers and upset stomachs will make it difficult on mothers that may or may not pick up the very thing that they must doctor.

It is just no fun to be sick and yet we all have to experience it from time to time. If we were to live in a bubble, we would not have to put up with all of those germs. The problem is that if we were not exposed to germs from time to time, we would not build a resistance to them. It is a given that we will have to come in contact with germs in our day to day lives so we need that resistance.

While germs can make us sick, there are situations and experiences in our lives that may result in making us feel as sick as being infected with germs. Everyone can testify that there are times when things do not go right and the damaging results can last longer than the flu or a sinus infection.

Again, as with germs, if we were to live in a bubble that protected us from all our unpleasant situations and experiences, life would be good. Right? Or could it be that experiencing unpleasant things builds up our resistance to the inevitable problems that we must deal with?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School 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 begins 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 West Court St. in Washington C.H.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist