getting out the WORD - the 9th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 16:05
the PRAYER... Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ, and you make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our lives, make us attentive to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
the READING... Now as [Jesus and his disciples] went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
the DEVOTION... Somewhere along every midway, tucked away between the dart throw and the ring toss is that row of stuffed dolls people try to knock down with a softball! Three throws for a dollar! Of course, here in the church, we do the same thing, most Sundays... for nothing! We line up people - like the Pharisees or denying Peter or doubting Thomas - and we do our best, try out hardest, to knock them over! After all, they deserve it, right?
Well, Martha is one of those "carnival punks"! One of the targets so deserving of our abuse! We set her up there, roll our eyes and shake our head, and, then, we throw away! And when we send her flying, head over tails, we set her up, and do it all over, again! "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one!" BAM, she gets it, one more time!
But you know, it's amazing how fast we forget... If it wasn't for Martha, Jesus would never have been in that house to begin with!
[The Lord] said, "Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.