Weekly Uplift 04.07.2022 “Hope”

What does the word “Hope” mean to you? If we were to all share our thoughts about this word, we would probably get a variety of responses.
From Mark 11:1-10—our scripture reading for this Sunday in which the author of Mark relates a version of what happened on Palm Sunday—I suggest that Hope means . . .
God shows up how and where and when we do not expect;
God is involved in our lives, in our present, and in our future;
God’s Presence in our lives is praiseworthy and lifts us up;
That we are able to endure and persist in even life’s most difficult circumstances;
Community, in which we find love and grace.
As we approach Palm Sunday that launches Holy Week next week, I suggest we reflect on the Mark 11 scripture reading and the implications this passage has for our spiritual and everyday lives, including the 5 items I’ve listed above.
May we find ourselves uplifted.
So that we are blessings to ourselves and to others.
Pastor Doug

Weekly Uplift – “My Two Sons”

I invite you to please read Matthew 21:28-31:

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.

We’ve all been in such a situation or watched such a situation before, haven’t we? Someone seemingly “gung ho” backs out of a task or an assignment. Someone initially reluctant later steps in and completes a task or assignment.

There is A LOT! in this short story. Failure. Accomplishment. Sin. Obedience. Failed promises. Repentance. Completed tasks.

Who is REALLY in? As part of Kingdom of God? The answer is simple: no matter what our words, our promises, our intentions, our broad ideas, etc., the one who actually DOES the will of God is the one who is in the Kingdom of God.

This tale of “my two sons” is really a story about us. About the two parts of us. The part that is well-intentioned but non-obedient. And, the part that may grumble or initially balk but who eventually obeys and does God’s will.

Who will you be today?

Who will I be today?

Which son or daughter will we be today?

Better put, whose daughter or son will we be today?



Pastor Doug