May 2010 Weaver – From the Pastor|
|“...‘This is the resting place, let the weary rest’; and, ‘This is the place of repose’ – but they would not listen.”|
Isaiah 28:12 NIV
C. S. Lewis in The Last Battle, the last of the Narnia series, writes this about a group of Dwarfs who will not see or hear what is happening around them. They think they are in a dark, dirty, enemy stable—young Lucy begs Aslan to do something. He responds to her request but the Dwarfs refuse. Aslan's words are: “Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they can not be taken out.”
As I read that I thought of many in our present day world. They have become so convinced of the situation around them that they cannot or will not see anything else. They have convinced themselves that there is only one way out and because of that they are “so afraid of being taken in that they can not be taken out.”
In Lewis' story things are happening all around them. The bad news has become good news and the story is taking a dramatic change for the good. Before them is placed a banquet they could only have imagined and they only taste stable food and fodder. Because of their refusal to see the possibilities beyond the stable they remain in the stable – forever, one might imagine. I wonder if that is how so many see the world today?
Unable to open their minds to new possibilities they remain in a prison of hate, distrust, disbelief, anger, hatred and name calling. They so distrust anyone who may think or see differently than they do that they cannot see or hear anything at all. How sad. How terribly sad.|
In Isaiah we have words of woe to Ephraim. The news is good, things are changing, there is a place of hope and rest and yet they do not hear—they would not listen. There is hope but it is not the hope they had hoped for. Thus, if it is not what they wanted they refuse to hear, to see the possibilities and potential before them.
Unfortunately there are also times when this can be said of the church. We are so caught up in what we think should be we refuse to see what is happening around us. We fail to see God working in wonderful and marvelous ways. We are the same as the people in Isaiah's day and the Dwarfs in Narnia – we are so afraid of being taken in that we refuse to be taken out. What tragic words to be said of the people of God.
May Scripture and Sermons
Psalm 148; Acts 11:1-8
“Take and Eat”
Psalm 67; John 5:1-9
Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23
“What do they say about us?”
Genesis 11:1-9; John 14:8-17
“How Can He Say That?”
Proverbs 8:1-4; 23-31; John 16:12-15
“Who is Speaking?”
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Game Night at Plourde's
Sunday, May 30
Menu: Hot Dogs and fixin's – how creative can you be???