When I was a kid, the first question out of my mouth as I walked into our house after school was, "Hey, Mom, what's for supper?" Sometimes the answer would be "Spam!" That's right. That delicious mystery "meat" that comes in a can (Well it is not really a mystery meat - the term comes from taking the first two letters and the last two letters of the meat's description: "SPiced hAM"). Some of you probably have never eaten Spam. However, I am quite sure that all of you reading this posting have encountered spam (that is, spam of the computing kind). The proliferation of SPAM on the Internet has cost the economy millions if not billions of dollars. Even with a spam filter on one's computer or network cannot catch it all. That is why I was thrilled to read today that one of the world's top ten spammers is being held in Seattle. Authorities predict everyone could very well see a reduction of the amount of spam on their computers! I sure hope they are right!
Spam. It is part of the package of life here in this computer driven society in which we live. Sure, we can try to reduce it - but we will never eliminate it. We just have to learn to accept it. And so it is with many of the other things we consider nuisances in this life. Whether it is a bum knee, an unexpected bill or a misunderstanding between friends - these things are part of the package of life. Isn't a great comfort to know that when these irritating (or even worse than irritating) things come our way, that our God walks with us and will provide us the strength we need to get through the day, no matter how tough our circumstances might happen to be? May the reality the Apostle Paul discovered be one we also come to know, "I can do all things through Him (Christ) who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
Thanks for listening,