We’ve got our leaders learning community this weekend, I’m excited because they are always good!
H and I are doing bits of final preparation today. As I prayed this morning 2 bits from the lectionary readings struck me –
Ephesians 3:10 talks about a church that displays God’s wisdom. That’s the goal! That’s one of the main reasons we do missional communities and all the training events.
Psalm 107 has a repeated refrain: “they cried out to the Lord and he delivered them…”. God’s wisdom, God’s glory is so often displayed by turning back to him. By changing minds, and living differently.
I’m hopeful that the learning community tonight and tommorrow will give lots of opportunity for our communities, and for the churches joining in with us, to turn to God, to change minds, to stretch into new ways of living. Then maybe we’ll better display God’s wisdom so that even more people will realise they can cry out to him in their distress and experience his rescue.
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Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
For he wounds, but he also binds up;
he injures, but his hands also heal.
From six calamities he will rescue you;
in seven no harm will touch you.
In famine he will deliver you from death,
and in battle from the stroke of the sword.
You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,
and need not fear when destruction comes.
You will laugh at destruction and famine,
and need not fear the wild animals…
…We have examined this, and it is true.
So hear it and apply it to yourself.
From Job 5
Job loses everything, seemingly at God’s hands. His friends come to see him and to offer some comfort, this is what one says.
Looks good, even resonates with other parts of the bible (Psalm 94 for example).
But at the end of the book God is angry with the friends. They have “not spoken of me what is right.” Makes me think about St Paul’s famous clanging gongs.
They’re right, but they’re very very wrong.
I love bits of the bible like this, where it just gets a little bit messy, challenging, real..
But bits like this scare me too: Where am I getting it right, but am actually wrong?
Help me God, to know your truth. Help me to handle that truth humbly, gently and carefully. Guide me Holy Spirit. Amen.
Thinking about the stories of Jesus, the leper and the centurion from Matthew 8.
Wherever Jesus went people were loved and suffering was defeated.
Seems that is what he trained his disciples to do as well.
Who are you calling me to love?
Where are you calling me to destroy evil?
Give me strength and courage God.