Everybody’s Got a Red Phone

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Romans 12:12

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.
Ephesians 6:18a

Dear friends,

I don’t think I’ve ever known somebody I thought had a “closer connection” to God than Ree Enlow, my friend and supervisor when I worked at Jumonville, a United Methodist camp, from 2009-2012.

One time someone asked her something about prayer, and she said she’s always praying. She said she has a constant dialogue with God. Whatever else is going on, she said, she always has a line open.

I still haven’t figured out how to do that one, but I aspire to it.

Another day, we were having a conversation about the camp’s unpredictable weather patterns. I joked that Ree has a red phone that puts her through directly to God, like the one between the Oval Office and Russia in the popular imagination. I think I suggested she put in a request for clear skies that afternoon.

She looked at me curiously and said, “We all have a red phone.”

We all have a red phone.

At any time of day or night, we have a red phone we can pick up that will connect us directly with the creator of the universe, who never sleeps and loves us and rejoices over us with great joy.


Pastor David Schell