Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Maylan Schurch
Friday, February 21, 2020

Earlier this week on my post-breakfast walk, I noticed that someone had written “Be Happy” in chalk on the sidewalk in front of someone’s house. (The same hands—or at least hands from the same youthful neighborhood-encouragement team—had written more cheery messages in front of three or four other houses.)

I don’t know the names of the people who live in the above house, but from the wholehearted and lavish Christmas-decoration display they put on every year (which always feature large painted wooden cutouts of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus smooching), they’re at least Christmas lovers. And it seems they tranquilly care for each other.

I happened to notice their cars. Did you ever hear the joke, “Where are automobiles mentioned in the Bible?” Answer (from Acts 2:1 in the King James Version): “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” Get it? Accord?

As it turns out, those two cars cuddled side by side in the driveway are both Honda Accords, quite possibly from the same model year. I had to darken the photo to make the chalkwork stand out, so it’s hard to tell, but they might even be the same color. That in itself should tell you something about their owners’ relationship, unless they happened to stop by the auto dealer on Two-for-the-Price-of-One day.

“Be Happy,” the chalk-printing says. What is happiness, and can you really command someone to feel that way? Why not start your research with four rather surprising Bible verses about joy, which you will find at the link just below.