Isn’t it odd that May Day & mayday have such diametrically opposite meanings!  One signals a celebration!  The other signals a disaster!  If we take them as the two ends of a spectrum, we might well ask ourselves, where we are on the scale between them, closer to May Day, or closer to mayday!

As Wikipedia writes, “May Day on May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations that the day includes.”

Alternatively, “Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal …. It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by aviators and mariners, but in some countries local organizations such as firefighters, police forces, and transportation organizations also use the term.”

Are you experiencing more May Days or maydays these days?  Over time, most of us find ourselves swinging back and forth between the two.  It seems that life itself is bi-polar!

One thing that is clear to me about both situations is that they call for others.  Whether it’s a party or a problem, we are created and designed for relationships.  God looked at the “adam,” the “earthperson,” and said it’s not good to be alone.  We are made for companionship, with others and with God.

A party is not much fun when no one else responds to our invitation.  We are lost in a disaster when no one heeds our cry.  How sad in either case.

Christ’s church is a place where such invitations and cries can be heard.  We gather to celebrate the joys and accomplishments of life, of love, of work.  We gather to share comfort and strength at times of loss, struggle, and suffering.

We gather not only for ourselves, but for the sake of the world around us.  God’s people gather to listen for the world’s cry of mayday.  Together we seek to bring to others not only the care and compassion that is so desperately needed but also the hope and assurance that God’s May Day is coming!

May your maydays always be answered with God’s May Day!


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