Monday, September 22, 2008

Ordinary Time: Monday, September 22, 2008

I'm back from the Innovate Conference in Granger, IN, and while it was a great conference, it is really good to be back home in a normal routine.  

Old Testament Lesson

We see in this passage one of the great verses of scripture.  Esther is told today that she may have been placed in the earth for just the time as this.  God may have put her in that that place and time for that moment.  

God is always at work.  He is always up do something.  He is always in the midst of something great in our lives. And perhaps in your life, you were placed her for such a time as this.  The challenges you face, the struggles in your life, the things you're up against, the calling you have; perhaps you were placed upon the earth for such at time as this. Seize this moment, live this day.  Know that through God, you can accomplish all the things you are called to do.

New Testament Lesson

One of the things we see about Paul and his ministry is that he was never alone.  He never went alone, he always had someone with him, challenging him, supporting him.  He knew the journey was too long and hard alone.  He knew that to accomplish what God had for him, he needed those around him to help him.

Today, so do we.  We can't walk this road alone. We need the help of those that love us and that have the same heart as we do. Today, may we thank God for all those that walk this road with us. 

Gospel Lesson

We see John preach to the people, tell them to repent, and to live doing the things that are right.  It's not complicated to live as God would have us to do.  Most of it is common sense. It is, however, hard.  It's hard to do what's right.  It's hard to do things that we know we ought to do.  It's hard to forgive, love and serve.  

And we can't do it alone. But, through God, we can do all things.  Through God, all things are possible.  Through God, we can live the way we are called to live and be the people we are called to be.  Through His grace, all things are possible.  

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