November 3, 2019, Lectionary

In the face of unrestrained violence, wrongdoing and trouble, strife and contention, and justice that is unprevailing and perverted, the prophet says he will stand at watch to see what God will say. Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

In Hebrew the same word stands behind the translated righteous, just, righteousness, and justice, appearing five times in this segment because that word fits the acrostic. This is a focus on God's justice. Psalm 119:137-144

Again, Paul opens a letter with a prayer for fantastic things for the church, that Jesus' name may be glorified in it. I pray this for my churches. 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 12-13

"Zacchaeus was a wee little man" who got forgiven and became generous, but have you looked for the backstory of "publican" in the Gospel of Luke? Interesting. Luke 19:1-10

Thoughts about Listening

The power of confession and forgiveness in the face of vengeance and violence recedes as confession and forgiveness are neglected or rejected. Then a new vision is needed. Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Fair, kind, and true. These are descriptors I want for my character and my words. Psalm 119:137-144

Pondering, do I always, in all my communications, try to appreciate first and be sure my motives are for the other person's good and happiness? 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 12-13

How we talk about little people matters. Luke 19:1-10