Peace and blessings to you from a “rather Shakesperian” Southern Virginia – as Ophelia has wandered through our community over the weekend. We survived the winds and 4″ of rain without significant issues. We pray that everyone who reads these words has been covered with God’s grace and providence in the midst of the storm and storms of life. I also bid g’mar chatima tovah (גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה) to our Jewish neighbors as they begin the observation of Yom Kippur at sunset today. May God bless us all as October arrives.

In worship we hear the reminder that we need help from God to bot be anxious about things we have no control of (earthly things) and trust that God will lead us into heavenly things. We are reminded that our power is not sufficient to control things of consequence. Our lesson from Hebrew Scripture in Exodus was the recounting of God providence of quail and manna in the wilderness. Even against Israel’s lack of clear remembrance of the travail in Egypt God loves and provides for the shortsighted people of Israel. Our Psalmist gives us examples of how and why we should give thanks to God and for God’s providence. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians we hear Paul’s reminder that whatever happens in our day-to-day life, the things we do bring us closer to God. And, even though we might prefer to be in heaven, the days we live on earth are ones to help others see God’s grace.

Today’s sermon was based on Matthew’s parable of the generous landowner. The passage highlights the reality of God’s realm, that God is fair and just for all. God provides for all humanity exactly what they need to live from day to day. Our human nature is to love and be just; the world’s nature tends to lean towards the bigger and better; and God’s nature is to care for all equally. Our job is to share what we have from God’s abundance to help others see God’s abundance in their lives and to live together under God’s unfailing care.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

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