Lent 3. 2016 February 29th-A prophet calls out to us

(C) Br Luke Efo 2010
Scripture: Luke 4: 24-30
24 He said, “Most certainly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25  But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land. 26  Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27  There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian.”
28 They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. 29 They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. 30 But he, passing through the middle of them, went his way.
A prophet calls out to us. The Prophet asks us to face, and look at, that which we do not want to see, or hear. A prophet will make us uncomfortable, perhaps even angry. But these are our reaction to the prophet – not the prophets. When we strive to live a gospel centred life our actions can be seen as prophetic and we will then naturally present a challenge to those who see us. No wonder then, that as prophets we are often not welcome.  Do you agree?
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Aisle Have One Of Those

Aisle Have One Of Those

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After experiencing the sadness of saying good-bye to two pets within the same week, I find myself giving the little brown dog extra love, attention and treats.I decided to get her some organic and healthy treats. While those two words would normally scare me away from a product, she really seems to like them!On my way home from work last night, I stopped to pick up a supply since she gobbled the remaining one that morning.

I wandered to the pet food aisle where I know I have found these treats before.I then found myself standing and staring at the section where they should be. For a matter of minutes, I convinced myself they were there and I just wasn’t seeing them.

It has been a tiring week, but still, this seemed like pretty simple shopping.After a few minutes, I heard God whisper…more of a chuckle…”Rick, you are looking in the cat section!”

I had to laugh as I made my way down the aisle and found what I was looking for. I thought about my friend and writing mentor, Deb and how much she would appreciate these few minutes. Her writing ministry inspires people with doses of humor, chocolate and faith-filled sharing.

She even has a new cookbook that even I can use! While browsing the internet aisles today, wonder over to http://www.deboracoty.comI’m sure you will be encouraged by how she shares her walk of faith, and if like me, you might notice an increase in your chocolate consumption!

Sometimes on our walk of faith we will find ourselves just standing.Sometimes on our walk of faith, we simply need to laugh. At ourselves.

Sometimes on my walk of faith, I have been seriously overwhelmed. Yesterday, God reminded me not to take myself so seriously.

It’s ok to just stand.

It’s ok to laugh.

As a gentle witness, my pray for us is to cheerfully share the joy of God’s grace!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

  • Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss

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