Summary: There is no magic wand to cure our pain in life.

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(or "Aleeve does not relieve")

Matthew 11:28-29

INTRO.- ILL.- A fellow who owned a pizza place was audited by the IRS. The agent said, "I want to know about all of your travel expenses. For example, you have expenses for six trips to Rome just this year. How do you justify that?"

"Justify nothing!" the man said, "DON’T YOU KNOW? WE DELIVER!"

Isn’t home delivery great? Except we can’t get it where we live! Not at Brian Drive. But fast is good. Instant is better.

We live in a fast, instant kind of society. We want what we want and right now! Not tomorrow. Right now!

This is why we have microwaves, drive-though fast food, pizza delivery, drive-up banking, drive-through car washes, e-mail and "instant messaging" for faster communication with people.

We do have a lot of modern conveniences that people in other societies don’t have. What should we think of them or make of them? WE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL.

If it’s something good, we must be thankful to God. Of course, we must focus more on the Giver than the gift.

Beyond being thankful, what else should we make of all these modern conveniences? We must realize that they are not "quick fixes" to our problems in life. There are no "quick fixes" to life’s problems.

ILL.- Last Thursday afternoon my car died. Not completely. Just a partial death. I had parked my car outside the building in my usual spot. I went outside to go calling, put my key in the ignition and nothing. No headlights. No radio. No ding, ding, ding. No nothing.

I called Al Walters, the handyman and asked if he had jumper cables. Since Al the handyman was not so handy he called Elmer the French man Banet, and he was Johnny on the spot with his jumper cables. He hooked them up, said "let there be spark and there was spark."

I drove my car down to 15th street to the battery specialist and he hooked up his meter to my battery and gave it the last rights. He said, "Yep, it’s your battery. It’s blown a weld." (I figured he would surely say that the problem was the nut behind the wheel.) Within minutes I had a new battery at a cost of $53.07. The whole deal didn’t take more than 30 minutes. No mess. No fuss. No time, to speak of.

Brothers and sisters, don’t you wish all things could be cured /fixed/repaired so quickly, so easily, so painlessly, so cheaply? But we know that it doesn’t happen this way. Not with most problems that we encounter.

There are no quickie cures. No magic cures. There is no magic wand. No "luck of the Irish" even though it is St. Patrick’s Day. And "Aleeve" does not relieve. "Aleeve" may well relieve some pain, some physical pain, but not the deep soul pain that life often hands to us. There is no pill in a bottle that is a quickie, miracle cure.

ILL.- Someone has suggested that TV commercials teach a child three interesting things. The first is that all problems are solvable. The second is that all problems are solvable fast. And the third is that all problems are solvable fast through the agency of some technology. It may be a detergent.

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