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Are We There Yet?

for Sunday, June 24, 2012
4th Sunday after Pentecost
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 7
lectionary focus: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 (specifically 6:2b) “See, now is the acceptable time…”

Good morning!
Happy Summer!

We’ve had a few weeks out of school and we are in the midst of vacation season! That makes me think of my favorite vacation spot: Zion National Park in Utah. One summer, my family was camping around the American West. While we were at Zion, we went on a hike in the Virgin River. We hiked IN the river. Here are some pictures, but let me tell you about it. We hiked a short way to the river and then we just stepped into the river…because the river becomes the trail. It becomes the trail because the river is in a canyon: it is about as wide as the church and the sides as tall as our church walls and the colors all orange and red and yellow. The river water wasn’t very deep–a few inches and sometimes up to our knees–and we kept our shoes on to protect our feet. The water was cold, but the weather was so hot that it felt good. There were other people hiking, but it wasn’t crowded.

Ahead of us was a man and woman who were not dressed like typical hikers. He had on business clothes with his long-sleeve white shirt rolled up to his elbows and his business pants rolled up to his knees. The woman was wearing the traditional dress of India called a sari; it was like a beautiful scarf wrapped around her body, all bright yellow with gold stitching. These were not typical hiking clothes. At one point we caught up with them and the man looked at us and asked, “How much further?” The three in my family looked at each other and said, “We don’t know.” So then the man said, “Are we there yet?” And the three of us looked at each other again, and then looked at the beautiful rocks and the beautiful canyon walls and the beautiful water and the beautiful sky, and then we looked at the man and woman and said, “Yes, we are there.”

So many times, especially in summer, we are trying to get somewhere: going on vacation, going through the week, going here, going there. But really, each day that we get up, each day that we rejoice in the Lord, we are there. Because when you are with God, you are there. Our Bible story today tells us, “Now is the time.” Our life with God is not something that starts later, it is now, each day, because with God, we are already there. So when you find yourself looking ahead to see if you are there yet, remember: you are there with God already.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for being here with me.
Help me
to be there with You.

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

Waiting for a Peach

10th Sunday after Pentecost RCL Year A
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 16
lectionary focus: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124:1-8; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 or none at all
prop: a fresh peach

Good morning! Happy August 21st!

This is a peach. In the summertime, I love to eat fresh peaches. They taste like sunshine to me.

But have you ever gone to eat a peach and when you picked it up, it felt hard? Too hard to eat? The peach was just not soft enough–it wasn’ t ripe. Or as my grandmother would say, it wasn’t fit. But when you want a peach, you want a peach. And so sometimes, I’ve gone ahead and tried to eat it. BIG MISTAKE! Instead of sunshine, it tasted like hard, yellow plastic. And once you’ve bitten into a peach too early, there’s no saving it. I should have waited. But it is hard to wait.

We have several good Bible stories today, but when I went to prepare my sermon, I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to say. I thought about the stories; I thought about what to say; it was hard. Then I started to run out of time; it was almost today; what was I going to do? I prayed to God to help me! I decided to sit down and stay at my desk until I finished my sermon. I tried one thing–didn’t like it. I tried something else–didn’t like it either. This was too hard! Finally after a couple of hours and no sermon, I took a break. I went into the kitchen to get…a peach. And guess what? The peach was hard–too hard to be eaten. I knew if I wanted to enjoy that peach I would have to wait.

And then I realized, sometimes, that is God’s answer to our prayers–we must wait.

Everything has its perfect moment, and we can’t force it to happen, no matter how much we want it, or it won’t be good. Yes, waiting is hard–whether we are waiting
for a good idea,
or for something fun,
or to be big enough,
or to be old enough,
or to be strong enough,
or just to eat a delicious peach.

But when we do listen to God and we wait until we are fit, it will be great. Just like sunshine.

Will you pray with me?
(This is an echo prayer: leader says a line and children repeat it back.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for hard peaches.
Thank You
for perfect peaches.
Thank You
that everything has its time.
Help me to wait
for the best time.

Thank you, children. Now go forth and share God’s love.

We are not Christians alone. My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.