Mid-October finds fall in the air. Lower 50s in the morning, not quite as light in the morning when coming to church, and a sense of settling in a little. But not just a time to look forward to hibernation but to get out and do the last few things before the season really changes. This morning found an uptick in the people present in worship and the stories of the expansion of life with the birthday of our elder statesman this coming Saturday and the birth of his newest great grandchild this past Friday. Our life is full, and more full if we let the tension of transition sit with us and gnaw just a little.
Worship and scripture peaked our interest this morning. We covered the ground from Job still demanding an audience with God – even though he knew he could never find God; to a reminder that God isn’t simply something from back then – rather that God and God’s spirit are vibrant and active in the world today; and finally in the tension of Mark’s gospel as punctuated by Jesus’ interaction with the rich man who asks “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus’ answer isn’t simple or comforting – eternal life isn’t a transaction, it is a relationship. But it is in the tension of Jesus’ “demand” and invitation that we find real life. What do you find that impedes your growth in your life with God?
I invite your comments,
Readings: Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31