God Briefly
by Reverend Daniel England

October 5, 2018

Not White Sox, Cubs Socks
My wife and I am in Chicago visiting my son and his wife (now great with child). The last time I was here, the Chicago Cubs were trying to win the World Series, something I'm glad I got to see actually take place in my lifetime. When they won, of course, the city went nuts and the souvenir stores were packed like
they were giving away i-Pads I succumbed and bought, of all things, a pair of Cubs socks. Now this is may be TMI, but I do like a comfy pair of socks on
when I lay-me-down-to-sleep. But they must be of the well-made, soft,
non-blood flow restricting kind, which is actually harder to find than you
might think.
It turns out that these relatively cheap novelty socks have proven perfect.
I have often wondered if the firm that made them had missed the memo
insisting that a product made for such a "they'll buy anything" kind of frenzy must result in questionable quality and maximum profit. I wondered whether their maker had some different code he was working by such as...
Colossians 3:23-24, which says: " Whatever you do, work at it with all your
heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that
you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
This verse has often made a difference in my attitude when I've had to work
for a bad or unreasonable boss. In a better circumstance, it can drive or lead
you on to really excellent results whether you're building a fence, or building
a company.
One would hope that in a church especially, all tasks would be well and
joyfully done, though let's face it, not everyone can have their A-game every
day. But that's why we have a community of faith not just a gathering of pixels.
Anyway, I have brought my Cubs socks along with me to this windy,
cooler-than-expected and rainy city, Thus, despite the slings and arrows
of the day, I can look forward to happy feet once the candle is finally extinguished.
Reverend Daniel England
Interim Senior Minister
The First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Connecticut