This Weeks Notes – March 19, 2022
Einstein used to say “God is mysterious but not malicious”. We know that suffering comes our way and it will always be for healing, never punishment. When we sin, we create our own misery, and possibly that of others too. God respects our choices, even the bad ones, but God is busy in the ensuing suffering. God works to undo the harm we cause, and brings us to a happier life. Jesus came so that we may have life, life to the fullest. (John 10:10)
In our world there are many atrocities with the senseless killing of innocent people. It does highlight human frailty and point to some distorted thinking. Jesus you drew attention to an event of which little is known to point out that all of us are called to conversion. Comparing and thinking we are better is not the way forward. We pray for honesty and humility to hear your call to repentance.
These days many want instant results, immediate gratification, as if knowledge or information can provide answers to all the questions of life. Trees grow slowly, fruit takes time to develop and mature. The same is true for ourselves. The Lord, is the gardener, who cultivates and nourishes us. We pray for the patience to wait, the openness to be pruned, so that we are more fruitful to your glory.
Jesus does not leave us unaided. As with the fig tree, he provides us with everything we need to bear fruit. There is an old story which describes Peter at the gates of heaven. “The world has ended. The sheep have been separated from the goats; all the faithful have entered heaven and Peter is preparing to close the gates. Then he sees Jesus standing outside. ‘Master’ he says, ‘what are you doing outside?’ Jesus replies, ‘I’m waiting for Judas.”
Jesus will wait for us too, beyond the end of time. But I can only go to him within time. And he cannot force me to go to him. He stands at the door and knocks. Can I hear his call today?
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“I don’t know how, but I know WHO!”
Grace and Peace, Pastor Nelda
Dr. Nelda Barrett Murraine is pastor at First United Methodist Church – PO Box 146 – 229 W 4th St. Kennedale, TX 76060
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