When I was an exchange student to a Roman Catholic seminary, I picked up a delightful meditative chorus that says, “If today you hear His voice, harden not your heart.” That line’s a quote from Hebrews 3:15.
A couple of days ago we thought together here about Christ Jesus saying that his own hear and listen to his voice. (John 10:27)
Sometimes there’s so much static or background noise in our lives that we can’t hear, much less listen to, his voice.
Tune in today. What’s one thing you can do today to reduce the static and background noise?
Arise and shine!
Your light is here,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
— Isaiah 60:1
The sixth week of Lent starts today.
And where is God today? According to our Wednesdays-in-Lent Scripture, right where you right now: the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Let’s bask in this today.
The glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
We were having a great time, both of us driving and talking on our phones.
We were using the appropriate, legal hands-free devices.
We were having an intense conversation.
But then we weren’t.
One of us drove through a dead zone. We lost connection and I couldn’t hear her voice.
Same thing happens with us and Christ. My sheep hear my voice, he says in John 10:27, and another translation says My sheep listen to my voice.
But then we don’t.
We go through some kind of dead zone in our lives. We lose connection. Suddenly we realize we don’t hear his voice anymore, or maybe it’s that we don’t listen.
We have to get reconnected.
The good news is that we can.
She and I reconnected and resumed our conversation.
Our Lord and Savior and Best Friend wants to reconnect with us today, too.
Do we hear?
Are we listening?
Cardinal Edward Egan was Archbishop emeritus of New York, and died on March 5th.
He’s remembered by a friend, Archbishop Demetrios of America, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, this way:
“a kind and gentle church leader
always focusing on serving his people
in the best way
and connecting them with God.”
Not much more that church leaders could hope for than that.
Please pray this week for your church’s leaders to each be a kind and gentle church leader always focusing on serving her/his people in the best way and connecting them with God.
And on behalf of pastors everywhere, thank you for including us in your prayer, too.
From two friends and colleagues, David and Lisa —
The recently-deceased Cardinal Edward Egan of New York had three key questions.
“Is it good for the people?” was first.
Then, “Will it help lead them to Jesus?”
Finally, “Will it build up the faith?”
That third one…boom.
Does what you and I say and do build up the faith or not?
Pardon me, time for Confession. See you back here tomorrow.
Picking up where we left off yesterday —
The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan, left a legacy of three questions he “constantly asked” according to his successor.
The first is, “Is it good for the people?”
The second is, “Will it help lead them to Jesus?”
Is what we’re doing in our churches accomplishing that?