Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ordinary Time: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

Well, here's where all the fun starts.  Abram and Sarah decided it's better instead of waiting on the Lord's promises to try and take care of things themselves.  And so Abram has a child with Hagar, and it all kind of goes down hill from there.  

Why?  Why did they choose to do this? Why didn't they trust in the Lord?  Didn't He say it would happen?  Didn't two angels appear and tell them the news and the promise? Why couldn't they just do what He said?  

Waiting.  Doubting.  Waiting.  Watching.  Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.  There is nothing harder than waiting on something, even when we know that it is a certainty it will happen.  Sometimes that makes it even harder.  Waiting makes us realize that we are not in control; God is.  Waiting is hard.  Waiting is frustrating.  Waiting makes us trust.  Trust is essential to faith; but trust is hard to come by. 

Today, wait upon the Lord.  It is always our best option.  

New Testament Lesson

We see that it is now Christ who intercedes for us.  He is the one that goes before God.  He is the one that makes our case.  It is through Him that we have access to God, and access to all His grace.  It is through Him that we are able to know life and love and peace.  It is because of what He has done.

And because of what He has done, He is the Lamb that is worthy of our praise.  All praise and honor is due Him for all He has done.  He is the one; the one to be praised. 

Gospel Lesson

CS Lewis writes that we have never met an ordinary person.  Every person we meet, from the person in line at Wal Mart, to the president of the bank, to our teachers, doctors, lawyers, and the garbage man at work this morning in the cold of Ripley, each of them is someone designed for eternity.  We each are made to live for eternity. We each are special, unique, and made by God for some great purpose.  We each are made for eternity. 

Today, remember, you will not meet an ordinary person today. Each person you meet, talk to, get tired of, get angry at, each of these; they are extraordinary. Designed for eternity. 

Oh yeah, and so are you as well.  You are extraordinary.  You are made in God's image.  And you have something, something only you can do for God.  You are extraordinary.  

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