Third Sunday after Pentecost
Call to Worship: More Love to Thee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8wOcmFfw2U
- Genesis 22:1-14 and Psalm 13 •
- Jeremiah 28:5-9 and Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 •
- Romans 6:12-23 •
- Matthew 10:40-42
Text for the day: Jeremiah 28:9
As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”
All Creatures of Our God and King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHAxNY_yKyI
Better than a Hallelujah http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm5kx3xqmg0
Meditation: What is
Talk is cheap, right?
The Biblical texts give us an image of “put up or shut up!” Abraham was confronted with the decision to give a sacrifice. When the time came he followed what he thought was right. The Psalmist in the midst of pain and struggle chose to follow God, he chose what he thought was right. The Apostle Paul compares doing right to slavery intimating that as followers of Jesus we are called to do right. Jesus himself suggests that something as simple as giving another a cup of cold water is the right thing to do. What have you done right lately?
My mind saw something else,
My mind saw one thing while reality was something else.
In the process of working on this trailer I have been sharing pictures and thoughts. I see working on this trailer as a comparison to battling sarcoidosis, a disease that has plagued me for many years. For instance:
- Today I wished I had started the renovation differently. However at this moment that would be very impractical. With sarcoidosis once a person has it choices are often removed and there is no turning back.
- In the last weeks I have had to depend on others for so much to make things work. With sarcoidosis there is the temptation to withdraw and live for oneself. Once that process begins the road becomes very lonely and simple tasks become circular and often go unfinished.
- There is a need to celebrate the little things accomplished. With sarcoidosis each day and each breath has to be seen as an accomplishment.
- I have had to confess over and over again I am not a plumber, I am not an electrician, I am not a carpenter. With sarcoidosis one has to confide with themselves that life has changed and that sarcoidosis creates limitations.
- Sometimes what I thought should be a simple task just won’t happen. Either I can’t figure it out or it just can’t be done. People with sarcoidosis must understand that just because they want it to happen doesn’t mean it will.
It would be easy to ignore reality but sooner or later the words of the prophet ring true. “As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.” When we confess what is real, what is right, truth wins out. It doesn’t always make things easier but it works to make things right.
The prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Closing music: More Love to Thee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2v077tuIo
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