Something has really been bugging me lately; it's the amount of time I spend "on hold" during phone calls. Several times recently I've had to call the Social Security office. Each time I've been put on hold for nearly 40 minutes as I wait for "the next available representative." This same thing has happened with calls to other businesses and after a while it really becomes annoying. A similar frustration comes when I am directed to a voicemail box that is "full - unable to receive message." Then there is the frustration of being able to leave a message only to have no one return my call. When taken all together it becomes clear that some people are just hard to connect with! But there is One who never puts us on hold; is never too busy to visit, and is always responsive to our needs. By now you've probably figured it out - it's the person of God...
On Friday my daughter told my wife and me that it was National Donut day. Now I was skeptical that there really was such a thing but it sounded like a good way to have some fun so we found our way to the local donut shop. (My wife always gets a cinnamon role, I get a maple bar and a strawberry glazed, my daughter gets something with gooey cream in the middle.). National donut day or not, we all had an enjoyable time. But then, as I looked at my daughter holding up a donut, I had a moment of reflection. It occurred to me that donuts are a lot like people. Just think about donuts: no matter how well rounded they are, no matter how sweet they may be, no matter how good they are, there is always a hole in the middle - there is always something missing....
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.