for Sunday, August 12, 2012
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11th Sunday after Pentecost
lectionary focus: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Mr. Grant has more fun than anyone I know. He goes rafting and canoeing and kayaking and rock climbing and mountain biking and backpacking. Whoa! He has fun. But…he never leaves for an adventure without reminding himself to Watch Out for Danger. Mr. Grant knows that in order to have fun, safety is important. When he is canoeing, he wears his life jacket and helmet, and he watches for rocks under the water so the canoe doesn’t flip unexpectedly. When he is rock climbing, he wears his helmet and his harness, and he listens for loose rocks that might hit him in the head. When he is backpacking, he wears dry socks and good shoes, and he watches and listens to the weather to stay dry and comfortable. Mr. Grant always wears his safety gear, but he knows that avoiding danger is the best way to be safe. And when you want to have fun, getting into trouble is no fun.
Our Bible story today is all about safety. And not just safety of our bodies, but safety of our hearts. We know that from our hearts come our actions. Therefore, we are warned to watch out for bitterness and anger, so we live with love. We are warned to watch out for lies and cruel words, so that we speak fully of God’s grace. We are warned Do not make room for bad. By avoiding harmful feelings and words, we protect our hearts. And by protecting our hearts, we protect our actions. And through our actions, we live our lives in a way that honors God.
So in all things, watch out for dangers that might hurt your body or turn your heart…because avoiding danger is the best way to be safe and honorable.
Will you say a prayer with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)
for loving me.
to watch for dangers
that might hurt my body
or might hurt my heart.
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.