Sunday, April 30, 2006

I John 2:7-17

When I was about 15 years old, I spent a summer working with my Grampa. He was retired, but he ran 30-50 head of cattle on a small piece of land in southeast Kansas. It kept him busy and out of Gramma's hair. I helped Grampa mow the hay, lay-in a new fence, doctor the cattle, and do some painting.

Most every morning, Grampa would stop in on the square of their little town at the local coffee shop. 6-10 other retired men made that a regular stop as well. It was pretty fascinating for me as a young teenager to hear the opinions and recollections of men 50-70 years my senior. Mostly they talked politics, shared town gossip, or told stories.

As I read these words from I John, I could almost see my Grampa and his friends drinking coffee around their tables: "Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. " (I John 2:7)

I remember my Grampa and his friends saying some of the same things that my parents had said, but somehow their stories, their perspective, or my new circumstances caused my ears to hear the message a little more clearly. That summer I heard old messages - ones that I had heard countless times before, but they became "new" for me.

Take a few moments and read again the words from today's reading. Perhaps the old message there will become new for you.

Alan Davenport

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