As I contemplate the preaching task (and, on this particular Sunday, every other worship task as well, including the children's message), I realize that there are many images to choose from: Jesus the gate or Jesus the shepherd, the radical community of sharing in the post-Pentecost church, and the signs and wonders that came upon them. There is the image of the pasture with its still waters, and the valley of the shadow of death; there is the image of the thieves that jump over the fence. All of these images hold much promise, but also some pitfalls.
Where are you headed on this weekend, and what would you like to feed you along the way? I have oatmeal (again: the cholesterol, you know), but also banana chocolate chip muffins, fair trade coffee and cinnamon sunset tea. I have a table prepared for conversation, for prayer and for work. Pull up a chair, and join the party! The door's always open you know (or should I say the gate?)
By the way, today (April 12) is the one year anniversary of my first blog entry! Have an extra muffin on me!
The image above is from early Christian Catacombs and is in the public domain.