Friday, July 22, 2011
Pentecost 6a - conclusion
We’ve just come back from a family gathering on Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday. We had marvelous meals, enjoyed fun and games, worship and prayer and on Thursday morning baptized my brother-in-law Bob in the lake. It was in every way a kingdom come time for which we are all grateful. In the texts for Pentecost 6a Solomon asks for the wisdom to discern between good and evil and is rewarded with riches and long life as well; the psalmist living in God’s mercy and loving the Lord’s commands weeps for those who neither understand or obey; the Spirit interceding for the saints means even the worst of times work together for good when the good is “nothing can separate” one from the love of God; and the parables of the mustard seed and yeast and hidden pearl are the wisdom Solomon sought, the life the psalmist lived and longed for others and the way God remains always present in things unexpected, things unseen and things worth having above all else.