February 9, 2020, Lectionary

When will our light break forth like the dawn and our healing spring up? When we loose bondage, shackles, and oppression, when we share food, shelter, and clothing. Isaiah 58:1-12

The psalmist says that those who rise in the darkness as a light for the upright are gracious, merciful, and righteous. Psalm 112

Paul takes quite some effort to describe the singleness of purpose with which he preached Christ and him crucified, and nothing else. He calls it God's wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

You are not the sauce, or the cherry on top; you are the salt of the earth. You are not the sound, or the color; you are the light of the world. Matthew 5:13-20

Thoughts about Listening

Have you listened to those nearest around you to discover bondage, oppression, and need for which you might be able to offer help? Isaiah 58:1-12

Those leaders whom I appreciate and want to follow are gracious, merciful, and fair. Psalm 112

Sometimes what matters, is not just finding the message to tell, but finding the piece of the message that is most impactful. 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Ancient peoples had rules to tell them what is fair, and sometimes their rules fell short of true justice. Matthew 5:13-20