August 1, 2021, Lectionary

In his parable, Nathan must be portraying God as the poor owner of only one Uriah, a beloved creature, and David as the rich owner of many men. You and I are beloved creatures to God, each one of a kind, and finally avenged by God. 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13

For me, today, it feels like David doesn't stay long enough in the words that recognize the disturbing facts of his sin. So, I can re-read verses 3-5 as many times as I need to, and then enter into the hope that is always there.  Psalm 51:1-12

Humility, gentleness, and patience are part of love, for which Paul begs between believers and in the whole church's growth. Ephesians 4:1-16

The people wanted a bigger sign than one day's food, a sign like Moses gave them, good food every day for a generation. But Jesus wanted to expand their desires far beyond even that. John 6:24-35

Thoughts about Listening

Those of us who easily gain listeners might make ways for those not so easily heard to find listeners. 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13

It can be helpful to make a list of those we have harmed and put words to how they were harmed. Psalm 51:1-12

Generous listening is not the only way humans can show love, but it's a preeminent way. Ephesians 4:1-16

Take a moment today to pinch down the current the image to see a bigger picture. John 6:24-35