Sunday, May 30, 2004

There are no coincidences...

A special devotional guide was prepared for the month of May, as there is a decision to be made about future church expansion. Fittingly, each day was written by individual members or couples and included their personal story and involvement with the church. In the process of reading these brief glimpses into the lives and efforts of these church members I have learned much church history. These were not only the builders and shapers of this church, but this community.

This morning's was typical. The verse was Matthew 7:7-8
7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

The devotional writer, while noting the great promise in these verses, pointed out that we aren't always given what we ask for in the form we expect. She went on to state while the help is available, don't expect to have everything done for you.

So, I sought, expectantly.

CBS Sunday Morning re-broadcast a piece on Samuel Mockabee today.

I was struck by the statement that he:
"Became something of a legend for pursuing the notion that architecture students could learn a lot more about truth, beauty, and the morality of making a better world building a real house for Lucy Harris in a place like Mason's Bend than in a classroom making cardboard models."

What a powerful concept. That our interactions in the world are right and MORAL. There are many who would bristle at the very concept. That our very presence is everything that is WRONG with the world...

I believe these interatctions are, indeed, our moral duty.

At church, the assistant pastor's sermon was based on Matthew 26:1-13
(Mark. 14:3-9; John. 12:1-8)
6 Jesus was in Bethany. He was at the house of Simon the leper.
7 While Jesus was there, a woman came to him. She had an alabaster jar filled with very expensive perfume. The woman poured this perfume on Jesus' head while Jesus was eating.
8 The followers saw the woman do this and became upset at the woman. The followers asked, "Why waste that perfume?
9 That perfume could be sold for much money and the money could be given to poor people."
10 But Jesus knew what happened. Jesus said, "Why are you troubling this woman? She did a very good thing for me.
11 You will always have poor people with you, But you will not always have me.
12 This woman poured perfume on my body. She did this to prepare me for burial after I die.
13 I tell you the truth. The Good News, will be told to people in all the world. And in every place where the Good News is told, the story of what this woman did will also be told. And people will remember her."

And people will remember her.

The true longing of our hearts. That our lives have meaning. That we are not merely dust.

Bastiat states, "Life, faculties, production — in other words, individuality, liberty, property — this is man.”

In other words, you are what you do.

Tomorrow is a holiday remembrance.

What will you be remembered for?


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