It has been a busy day watching the weather channel and rain gauge. Matthew has blown through the Carolinas – well – mostly. There is still more rain, more wind and more flooding to make it’s way towards us, but people are relaxing a little and the stories about the day “Matthew” came to town will start to blossom.
Rabbi Yeshua loved use stories to teach those who came to listen to him. At 65, I haven’t even begun to dig out all the wisdom buried within those parable and don’t think I ever will on this side of the divide. It is never a simple surface story. He built layers and layers of sub-themes lying just beneath the obvious – waiting for eyes to see and ears to hear. Seems to me that is His hint that Our Father is like that as well.
A thousand lifetimes will never be enough to understand His character and His love for each of us.
There has been lots of bickering this election year and even more anger rising against this candidate or that candidate. Perhaps the winds of Hurricane Matthew will help blow some of that out to sea and remind us to seek the goodness in each other instead of evilness in each of us. While Matthew brought death and destruction in Haiti and the US, he could also bring unification and compassion. It is my hope we start there. It is my prayer.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…”~Gal 6:9-10a
1942 Daily Rations: “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain; and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him; and he opened his mouth and taught them. And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching; for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”~Matt 5:1,2; 7:28
“As you read and think upon the Gospels you can fancy yourself back in Jesus’ time standing in the crowd listening to him.
“He is a fascinating teacher and storyteller. His stories are always so vivid and simple that you never forget them. They always are a clue to the riddle which puzzles men; ‘What is God like? How can I have dealings with God?’ You get a deep impression that God is more of a reality to Jesus than you yourself standing in front of him.
“The story ends and the crowd melts away. But you feel that the story is not really ended. You begin to think, ‘Isn’t this what I’ve always been searching for? Isn’t this what I’ve always been searching for? Isn’t this the answer to my great question?’ You look up and find the Speaker’s eyes fixed on you. He seems to say, ‘I now what you are thinking. Give me time and I’ll help you.’
“So you don’t leave like the crowd.”