Good morning, gals and pals! Today I am contemplating Paul, standing in front of the Areopagus, making a his defense for the hope that is in him, as I prepare to stand in front of my congregation tomorrow: a much safer place to stand, I think! (unless I don't have a sermon to preach). I am also looking out on a gloomy, rainy AND snowy (yes snowy) spring day, looking for those small signs of hope, like "I see that the grass is getting greener, anyway."
Where are you finding hope today? In the Advocate from John, and the promise that we will not be orphans? In Paul's expansive and intimate God, the one who made heaven and earth, but who is not far from any of us? In Peter's admonition not to fear what others fear, but to be ready to share our hope? Is the rain making the grass greener where you are, too?
Today I have put the coffee on, I am having my ritual bowl of oatmeal, but also toasting some English muffins and setting out an array of muffins for you all, setting the virtual table for conversation on the various scripture texts and pastoral concerns.
Pull up a virtual chair, and join the community. Share food, ideas, and concerns today. And if you are ahead of the game, and the sermon is all wrapped up, try to let us down gently, ok?
If you cannot preach like Peter/if you cannot pray like Paul
you can tell the love of Jesus/And say he died for all.