Monday, March 26, 2012

So did anyone else have the epiphany I had yesterday during our sermon? In Sunday School we discussed how hard it is to know what being wholeheartedly sold out for God really looks like in our lives. After listening to Pastor David's sermon, I think the answer is much more simple than we make it. We need to love God like a child and share His love like a child. We were all children and therefore should be able to draw on the wonder and simplicity we had then. God does not need a fancy sort of plan or to do list, he just wants to feel the passion we felt towards life as a kid. Any thoughts?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chasing Rabbits

If you have already started Chapter 5, you know that part way through the chapter, Chan tells us to quit reading and go read the gospels. So, in trying to be an obedient student and set a good example for the rest of the class, that is what I have been working on. I have only gotten to Matthew 11. Part of this is that I keep seeing things that I need to think about that have nothing to do with Chapter 5 but which leap out at me while I'm reading.

Here are a couple of the rabbits I have chased:
  1. Jesus and John the Baptist were relatives. John the Baptist recognized who Jesus was when they were both still embryos! Did he then have temporary amnesia while they were both growing up? Or did they hang out together at family parties discussing the future? And doesn't John the Baptist seem a bit surprised and like he doesn't even know who Jesus is? I don't get that part. But, of course, it is not important.
  2. The first healing in Matthew, that of the leper, appears to be someone who has no reason to know that Jesus has healed other people (and maybe he hasn't at this point). How is he so confident that Jesus can do it if He is willing?
  3. The second healing that is recorded in Matthew is just as interesting/amazing to me. A Roman centurion's servant is ill and he asks for Jesus's help, confident that Jesus can heal from a distance. Why does a Roman have that much faith? Why does he think this Jew can heal his servant? Is it because, as a Roman, he is used to the idea of gods walking around the earth? And, if that is the case, why does Jesus heal his servant? 
As you can see, I somehow waste some time when reading through the gospels. I am concerned about how long it will take me to get through all four. If I can't get through all of them and the rest of the chapter by Sunday, I will surely finish the chapter so that I am ready for discussion, I promise.

Anyone else been chasing rabbits?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Prayer of the Day

I read this prayer from Thomas Merton this morning:

God, we have no idea where we are going. We do not see the road ahead of us. We cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do we really know ourselves, and the fact that we think we are following your will does not mean that we are actually doing so. But we believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And we hope we have that desire in all that we are doing. We hope that we will never do anything apart from that desire. And we know that if we do this you will lead us by the right road, though we may know nothing about it. Therefore, we will trust you always though we may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. We will not fear, for you are ever with us, and you will never leave us to face our perils alone.