November 29, 2020, Lectionary

I think the prophets at times felt the same frustration we feel with God: Oh if only God would show up and show out. Yet we have the stories of how God showed up in the past and that is more than any other God gives. Isaiah 64:1-9

The psalmist says three times, "Turn us, O God." The Greek root behind "turn" is the same as for "repent" and can also mean "restore." God is the one who can bring us repentance and restoration. Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

In this reading, Paul's thanksgiving focuses on his friends and how God is at work in their lives. I, too, and thankful for how God is at work in the lives of my friends on Franklin Gateway and everywhere. 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Isaiah recorded the grass and flower wither and fade but the word of our God stands forever. Mark recorded Jesus saying heaven and earth will pass away but Jesus' words will not pass away. There's something solid for us. Isaiah 40:8; Mark 13:24-37

Thoughts about Listening

Angry silence can stir up anger. Isaiah 64:1-9

Try listening with favor on the person even if you disagree with what she or he is saying. Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Today we speak and listen to our gratitudes. Both speaking and listening are important. 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Words seem weak and flimsy, carried on breath, but they can carry a lot of weight. Mark 13:24-37