Because today, when I read the gospel lesson for this week, all I can see is the woman - unable to look up for nearly two decades, but unwilling to lay down and give up, still going about her business, still involved (at least in some measure) in the life of her community. And then, healed! What does this transformation mean for her? Or for those who loved her? I wish we knew more about her.
If you read Isaiah, too, maybe you would rather pair the gospel with it, as a way to address sabbath keeping. As we look toward autumn and head back to school and other fall busy-ness/business, that might be a very timely word.
Or perhaps you are forgoing the gospel and focussing instead on God's refining fire as found in Hebrews. Just these few sentences alone (from Eugene Peterson's translation The Message) could keep a preacher busy, I would think.
"And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He's actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won't quit until it's all cleansed. God himself is Fire!"
Gratitude, worship, God-acting-in-history, God-as-spiritual-housecleaner, walking into fire.... it doesnt get any richer than that!
What are you thinking this week, preachers? Let us have it in the comments.