“WE ARE BUSY, each of us, and together we all of us are doing various things in our various congregations, but all that holy activity, church busyness and business, may carry and keep us far from the Holy One.
If we are not careful we will be like Martha in the kitchen — doing so many things for Jesus, so we suppose, that we do not have time to be with Jesus. We will not be alert to what Jesus is already at work doing for, in, and among us
— and we may wind up estranged from our brothers and sisters.
In Lent we purpose to come out of the kitchen and sit at the feet of Jesus. We set ourselves space-making disciplines in order that, as the book of Joel says, the
nations will not ask of us, “”Where is their God?”” (Joel 2:17).”
- Thomas R. Steagald
Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn
From pages 33-34 of Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn: A Lenten Journey with Jesus by Thomas R. Steagald. Copyright © 2010 by Thomas R. Steagald. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Do you find the distinction between doing things for Jesus, versus doing things with Jesus, helpful? Share your thoughts.
The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.
Isaiah 43:20-21, NRSV
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This week we remember Patrick of Ireland (March 17).
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