getting out the WORD - the 6th sunday after pentecost PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea... .

Matthew 13:1-9 , Matthew 13:18-23

It must be time... FOR A VACATION! To get out, get away! Seems all I've been thinking about, lately, are mountains... and forests... and lakes... and streams... All the things we don't have much of here in West Texas! So, I guess it should come as no surprise that the verse that caught my attention, this week, was the very first; the one about Jesus going out of the house and sitting by the sea!

So much of Jesus' ministry happens in the "wide open!" You can't tell the story, it seems, without it! But I can't help but think there's more to it than circumstance; that somehow "going out of the house and sitting by the sea" isn't a part of it all! Then, a few days ago, I tripped over a quote by Archie Ammons, an American poet, my dad's age. "In nature," he wrote, "there are few sharp lines!"

As people, we live in a world of lines, drawn straight and deep. Lines separating up and down, splitting left and right, isolating inside from out. But then, that's the same way we love, isn't it! By drawing lines! But none of that exists outside the house... sitting by the sea... So maybe Jesus isn't there out of coincidence. Or because he wasn't allowed in the synagogue. Or, even, because the crowds were, just, too big. Maybe he's there because it's the best place to talk about a love - that just like nature - has no sharp lines!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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