September 27, 2020, Lectionary

When lacking water, they asked, "Is the Lord among us or not?" It was like a slap in the face to the God who had miraculously and consistently led and fed them so far. Exodus 17:1-7

The psalmist asks God to "satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love." Does knowing God loves you satisfy something in you? Psalm 90

We will tell the children the old stories, of God's wonderful works for his people, how he split the rock and made rivers flow of deep-well water. Exodus 71:1-4, 12-16

Paul's oxymoronic "work out your own salvation because it is God who works in you" is in the context of Paul's not being there to tell them what to do anymore so they will have to figure it out themselves, between them and God. Philippians 2:1-13

His authority was showing even in the fact that they didn't protest his answering a question with a question or insist that he answer their question first. Matthew 21:23-32

Thoughts about Listening

According to the WHO, as of June 2019, more than 2 billion people do not have safe drinking water, that's 1 in 3 persons globally without access to basic drinking water services. Exodus 17:1-7

I didn't think I'd make it to 30, let alone 70. I was suicidal. I wonder how my life would have been different had I had hope of living for 70 years. Psalm 90

Let the children hear the stories that matter to you. Exodus 71:1-4, 12-16

If you have comfort, share it. If you are not stressed out right now, find someone who is and speak a kind word. Philippians 2:1-13

Maybe it's a measure of authority over me if someone answers my question with a question or with a directive to go look it up myself. Matthew 21:23-32