• A Gnu Normal

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    Mindful Matters series 2021

    Week of January 3, 2021

    A Gnu Normal


    There is a right time for everything. Everything on earth has its special season (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

    Those living near Wildebeests were perplexed. I mean, what was Adam thinking giving a name like that to a creature already burdened with baggage like a stocky stature, a mangy mane, a sinister goatee, and a set of horns sufficiently menacing to make lions think twice about their dinner menu?

    Normal life for wildebeests was largely social—with other wildebeests, not only having a long and funny if not frightful name, but also challenging future spelling bee contestants with a non-standard way to spell their name. So somebody, if not the wildebeests themselves (who never asked for such a change anyway), must have thought that gnu would ameliorate normal life. Good gnus?

    This is a devotion, no matter what it looks like now—similar to how gnus are actually wildebeests. And before the phrase “new normal” morphs into an old cliché, I wanted to write about The New Normal without actually making a gnuisance of myself. So, what spiritual message might survive all this? Consider the following.

    A wildebeest is still a wildebeest even if you call it a gnu. A believer’s life is still a believer’s life no matter what circumstances, events, or treachery attempts to alter it. In other words, The New Normal still has its foundation in the old normal—God’s never changing love for the sinners who are His chosen children. That “normal” may change its manifestations, opportunities, and situations (Eccl. 3:1–8), but His love still rests on what Jesus did for you from cradle to cross.

    Trust the one Consistent Normal that will take you through all the new normals that confront you. LEA prays for a blessed 2021 for you, your friends and family, and those you serve.


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    Mindful matters… What do you pray your normal—new or otherwise—will be in 2021?


    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association

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