for November 10, 2013
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
25th Sunday after Pentecost
lectionary focus: Haggai 1:15-2:9
Today I want to talk about CHORES. Chores are those jobs that we have to do that are not all that fun to do…like making up our bed, or putting the dishes in the dishwasher, or brushing our teeth, or homework, or any of those other things that you might have on your chore list. Chores can be difficult or unpleasant or just boring. And while people, your age and my age, often do not like to do chores, these little jobs are what keep our lives moving along in a healthy and happy way. I mean, we want clean dishes and clean teeth and clean homes, and we want to learn and be smart. One thing I’ve learned from you kids that makes chores easier…is to make a game of them! I love how you kids will sing songs while doing chores or how you will stop and do a little dance after each homework problem. It’s like you guys are doing Cheers for Chores! You are saying to yourself and to each other: “You can do it! Go guy! You can clean it! If you try!” You have figured out that when somebody is cheering you on, there is nothing you can’t do.
All of your Chore Cheering makes me think that you already know today’s Bible story. Today we read from the unfamiliar book of Haggai. This is one of the minor prophets, so everybody say his name for good practice: Haggai. Haggai’s short little book in the Bible tells us about a time the Hebrew people are rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. Seems that building God’s house is taking a long time and has become a chore and the people are getting all whiney about it and finally just stop building. Then Haggai comes and shares the word of the Lord. Haggai declares that God is calling His people to get to work! “Yes,” he says, “this is work, but this is work for God! Take courage, take courage, take courage, all you people of the land, for God is with you according to the promise that He made to you. Do not fear!” The prophet Haggai is speaking God’s cheers for His people! Yes, God is cheering for them and hearing these encouraging cheers, the people of God get to work and do what God has called them to do.
God is still cheering for us today. When we have chores like scrubbing and working and sweating, it may not seem like we are doing these things for God. But when you think about it, every thing we do, we do for God. The Book of Haggai lets us know that God appreciates all of the work that we do, that God Himself is cheering for us. And knowing that God is cheering for us makes doing all kinds of chores easy and fun and joyful. Haggai also sets the example that we can share God’s cheers for us by cheering for each other. Whether we are doing the chore or someone else is, we can speak God’s cheers and encourage others and ourselves to take courage and to work…for God is with us!
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for cheering for us.
to share Your cheers
that we may all remember
that everything we do
we do for You
and You appreciate
what we do.
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and ENCOURAGE.
You go, guys! You can do it! God is with You!!!