I just got done reading Kate Braestrup's marvelous new book Beginner's Grace. In it, she tells a story of Mr. Roger's mom. First of all, dont you feel better already, just thinking of Mr. Roger's mom? Anyway, in the book, Braestrup says that when Mrs. Rogers (Mom) would take Mr. Rogers (probably little Freddie in those days) to the movies, he would get disturbed by the pre-movie news reel. So much difficulty, death and destruction! Mrs. Rogers would tell him to "look for the helpers." If he looked, he could always find someone offering help, no matter how dismal the scene.
Friends, things are looking downright difficult this week. Jesus ignores and insults a woman from the wrong side of the tracks. Joseph deceives his brothers. Paul's promise of God's mercy can seem so far away. So, let's look for the helpers. Who or what are the helpers for you in this week's texts? And how can we help each other through this week's preparation?
Helpful comments most appreciated. Picture of Jesus with the Canannite woman found here. This week's scriptures found here.