Who among us doesn't have THINGS -- stuff, possessions, treasures, heirlooms, archives -- stashed in barns, attics, basements, closets, and/or storage units?
I was a harsh judge of storage unit renters. Until now. I moved this year and radically downsized living space before taking the time to deal with years of accumulated stuff. So, I rented a storage unit and piled it in there. I am now living the life of having more barns for my possessions.
The congregation I serve now has multiple buildings in two different locations in the city. Like other possessions, land and buildings are more to the owner than the stuff they are made of. They are history and home and places of ministry -- past, present, and (possibly) future.
How many bookcases does it take to hold all the pastor books?
How challenging is it to keep and store the sewing stuff, the yarn stash, the tools?
I wonder if Jesus is talking to us about our possessions or our preoccupations?
Maybe the caution is not about the stuff, but rather what all that stuff represents in time and energy invested in accumulating (whatever), leading up to needing someplace to put it all.
Are you preaching on the Lectionary Gospel text?
Or something else?
Or not at all!
Come and join the party!
Let's share what we have -- like snacks and cool drinks and sermon illustrations.
Enjoy this place of companionship and inspiration and laughter and prayers as we get ready for Sunday.
So happy we are here together!