Dreary morning in Chuckatuck, a change from last week with sun and pets joining us. We were able to give thanks this morning that our extended family was spared by the most recent hurricane that came ashore. We continue to pray and work with those who have been affected by weather, gun violence, and civil unrest in our nation and around the globe. Yet we didn’t let the return of humidity and gloppy weather deter us in worship. We celebrated the light that comes when we meet together in prayer and praise; and hope you did the same today.

We realized, in a way, that the difficulty of conflicting grading standards isn’t a newfound condition. Paul began by “bragging” that he had everything then came to realize that all he had was worse than trash when compared to real life in Jesus. Sometimes we do forget the promise made by God in relationship with us, as related in the “10 Commandments” in Exodus. God identifies the source of all things for us: that all things begin and end with God as deliverer and guide. Our decisions should focus on that as the scale. How are you challenged to refocus on God’s grace when you make decisions?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46

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