Jul 29, 2016

Spending Time With the Master

Our primary Gospel this liturgical year (Year C) is Luke. From time to time we are allowed to witness some of the marvelous aspects of this special Gospel. My friend, Guy Ames, a retired DS from OK, relates the following story that pertains to last week’s lesson from Luke on Mary and Martha:

Years ago, as I traveled through Nepal, I had an opportunity to drive up into the Himalayas early one morning to watch the sun rise. Our tour had been long and I was tired and feeling sick, so the morning of the early tour I pulled the covers over my head and went back to sleep. I’ve always regretted that decision. I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the sun rise over the highest mountain range in the world, and I passed it up because I was sleepy. Mary wouldn’t pass up the most important thing: spending time with the Master.

I wonder what would happen to the church if we placed as much importance on spending time with the Master as Mary did. I wonder what would happen to committees and classes and teams and ministry if we sought to spend as much time in listening prayer and hearing the words of Christ as we do in getting the job done (Guy Ames—adapted from The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2007).

Maybe Luke’s Jesus reminds us that we each need balance between action/reflection.


* As a special note I would ask our congregation to be in prayer for our “Graduated Seniors” who will be on their Senior Retreat July 27-30. If you have questions about this gathering of our great high school class of 2016, please call or email Brittany Wright at bwright@arlingtonmethodist.org or 817-274-2571.


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