Monday, August 16, 2010

Last Thoughts on Yesterday's Readings

Our pastor preached on Hebrews, and I understand why: it's a text with much more sermon possibility. That image of running the race with perseverance--my pastor began with that, and I'll ponder it all week.

He reminded us that from the minute we raise our heads from our pillows, we're running a race. He reminded us that what we're facing won't take us out--the waters of our baptism surround us. We spent some time thinking about the great cloud of witnesses that surround us.

We are called to live a faith of even if . . . even if God doesn't save us from our travails, we'll still live that life of faith. He reminded us of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo, who went to the furnace. If God saved them, they would be O.K. with that. If God didn't save them, they would be O.K. with that too. They would stay true to their faith.

May we all run our races with perseverance, this week and every week.

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