Friday Greetings — July 19

            Martin Luther once said, “When a father . . . washes diapers . . . God with all his angels and creatures, is smiling.” I suspect there are quite a few mothers in this world who would agree, simply because of the rarity of a father washing diapers, but that’s not really Luther’s point. Luther’s point is about being fully present to the task at hand and using our lives to give glory to God.

            The story of Martha and Mary is so familiar: Martha running to and fro preparing the perfect meal, Mary sitting comfortably at the feet of Jesus. There is a sense in which those of us who relish the times of quiet and reflection nod knowingly at the words of Jesus, “she has chosen the better part” and there is a sense in which those of us who write tasks on our to-do list just so we can check them off understand completely Martha’s complaint “doesn’t it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work?”

            The real message of the story is in finding our place and living into the call God has for us. You are unlikely to hear an easy to remember, five step process to find your calling, you will hear a reminder that all of us are called, and all of us are part of the plan of God. That same saint of our faith, went on to say, ‘To be a farmer, a craftsman, or an artist [is] just as much a vocation, a calling from God as to be a preacher.” The task is to know which is our vocation, preacher or farmer.

Pastor Tom

Scripture for Sunday

Amos 8:1-12

Psalm 52

Colossians 1:15-28

Luke 10:38-42