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How Far?

How far Lord?
How long,
before
I stop?

How far must I run?
How long must I go,
before I let you speak?
Allow you to feed me?

How long
will I go on,
providing my own solutions,
instead of seeking yours?

How far will I go
in my blind panic,
before checking in with you?

Thank you
that however far,
however long,
you come to me,
wake me,
feed me
and take me on
to your place
of presence.

May I
wake,
eat
and walk
with you

O Lead Me

1 Kings 19:4-8 (CEV)

4  Elijah then walked another whole day into the desert. Finally, he came to a large bush and sat down in its shade. He begged the Lord, “I’ve had enough. Just let me die! I’m no better off than my ancestors.” Then he lay down in the shade and fell asleep.

Suddenly an angel woke him up and said, “Get up and eat.” Elijah looked around, and by his head was a jar of water and some baked bread. He sat up, ate and drank, then lay down and went back to sleep.

Soon the Lord’s angel woke him again and said, “Get up and eat, or else you’ll get too tired to travel.” So Elijah sat up and ate and drank.

The food and water made him strong enough to walk forty more days. At last, he reached Mount Sinai, the mountain of God,

Another post on this passage can be found here

The Father Revealed vi

Ian Paterson [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

John 8:21-30 (CEV)

You Cannot Go Where I Am Going

21 Jesus also told them, “I am going away, and you will look for me. But you cannot go where I am going, and you will die with your sins unforgiven.”

22 The Jewish leaders asked, “Does he intend to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying we cannot go where he is going?”

23 Jesus answered, “You are from below, but I am from above. You belong to this world, but I don’t. 24 That is why I said you will die with your sins unforgiven. If you don’t have faith in me for who I am, you will die, and your sins will not be forgiven.”

25 “Who are you?” they asked Jesus.

Jesus answered, “I am exactly who I told you at the beginning. 26 There is a lot more I could say to condemn you. But the one who sent me is truthful, and I tell the people of this world only what I have heard from him.”

27 No one understood that Jesus was talking to them about the Father.

28 Jesus went on to say, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, you will know who I am. You will also know that I don’t do anything on my own. I say only what my Father taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me. I always do what pleases him, and he will never leave me.”

30 After Jesus said this, many of the people put their faith in him.

I can’t go
where you are going?
But that is what you promised,
it’s what I want,
what I need…
I need
your presence,
your support,
your strength,
your guiding
in my life.

Oh,
but you’re talking about them,
the ones
who seek only to make trouble,
do all they can
to turn others from you,
refuse to hear your word,
and try to stop others doing so too.

Is that me?
Am I one of them?
Thinking I am secure
in my cosy God-world,
when it is anything but?

Or
can I actually go with you?
Will I go
where you are going?
The way of sacrifice
or pouring out your all,
for those
who need your offering
of love
and forgiveness?

Can I walk that way?
Give up my securities,
my certainties,
that hold me back;
and live
the way
that pleases you?

Where am I going?
Lord,
let it be with you.
May I follow
in faith
day by day

By My Side

Travelling Light

I am known for my ruthless packing.  We have been asked incredulously at check-in if that is really all the baggage we have for four people.  (and yes I always make sure there is room for things we might want to bring back)  Packing in such a way gives a very tight focus to what you really need, there is no room for “just in case” or options in my luggage.

However, even I would draw the line at not taking a money bag…

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

The Work of the Seventy-Two Followers

10 Later the Lord chose seventy-two other followers and sent them out two by two to every town and village where he was about to go. He said to them:

A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers. Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in. Now go, but remember, I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. Don’t take along a moneybag or a traveling bag or sandals. And don’t waste time greeting people on the road. As soon as you enter a home, say, “God bless this home with peace.” If the people living there are peace-loving, your prayer for peace will bless them. But if they are not peace-loving, your prayer will return to you. Stay with the same family, eating and drinking whatever they give you, because workers are worth what they earn. Don’t move around from house to house.

If the people of a town welcome you, eat whatever they offer. Heal their sick and say, “God’s kingdom will soon be here!”

10 But if the people of a town refuse to welcome you, go out into the street and say, 11 “We are shaking the dust from our feet as a warning to you. And you can be sure that God’s kingdom will soon be here!”

16 My followers, whoever listens to you is listening to me. Anyone who says “No” to you is saying “No” to me. And anyone who says “No” to me is really saying “No” to the one who sent me.

The Return of the Seventy-Two

17 When the seventy-two followers returned, they were excited and said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed when we spoke in your name!”

18 Jesus told them:

I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. 20 But don’t be happy because evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven!

There are two sides in the story – the goers and the receivers.

The responsibility of the goers is to go.  To hear God’s call and commission and go and do what he asks of them.  To go where people receive them and hear God’s word.

So the responsibility of the receivers is to do just that.  To welcome God’s messengers, hear them and provide for them.

For the goers, the messengers, there is nothing they can take that they need.  God and his people will supply.  Spare shoes, extra money – none of that is of any use in the work God calls them to.  Conversely, God’s people are called to care for and support those who are working for God.  If God’s workers are rejected, God is rejected.

So, are you and I goers or receivers?

Are we hearing God’s call, responding, getting out there taking his message to those who need to hear it?  Or are we welcoming people in God’s name?  Providing them with what they need to fulfil his ministry?  Encouraging them and enabling them?

Both are needed in God’s work.  The question is not just which we are, but whether we are doing the role we are called to faithfully.  Together both roles further God’s work in the world.

Are you playing your part?

Lord,
I want to be faithful
in what you call me to.

When you send me out,
to go with your message,
help me to go.
secure in you
and not my possessions
to get me through.

When you send others my way,
may I receive them,
hear them,
support them,
that they may be equipped for the work you call them to.

Lord,
when I go
and when I receive,
may I do it for you