October 17, 2021, Lectionary

God's seemingly endless interrogation of Job has always seemed to me to be beautiful poetry, such unique and captivating ways of reminding us that we are not God. We are not God. Job 38:1-7, 34-41

Bless the Lord, O my soul! Here's another awe-inspiring poem about God's creation. When he opens his hand they are filled with good. God is good. Psalm 104:1-9, 24-28

The author of Hebrews, in proving that Jesus is our compassionate and sufficient high priest, chooses to cite, not his birth, death, or resurrection, but his strong prayers, crying with tears. What would Jesus do? He prayed! Hebrews 5:1-10

Jesus totally rejected and forbade any bullying, tyranny, or lording it over others among his followers. We say hierarchy is necessary, but just don't use it in a bullying way. I say, Is it possible that there was a different kind of structure available to churches? Mark 10:35-45

Thoughts about Listening

When it's a rhetorical question, all you can do is listen and ponder. I suppose you could fire something back at it, but the point has already been made. Job 38:1-7, 34-41.

Best to connect with nature sometimes, at least once a week, I'd say. Psalm 104:1-7, 24-28

When I want something very much, I choose well whom to tell. I choose a listener first. Hebrews 5:1-10

When you want to be a leader or when you gripe at someone else's leadership, consider the fact that good leadership requires a certain amount of suffering. Mark 10:3-45