Friday, September 22, 2006

Acts 17: 1-15

Paul was a dog with a bone. In reading through Acts, it is clear that Paul did not waiver from his mission for any reason. No matter the hardship, no matter the danger, Paul was going to spread his message of salvation through Jesus to as many people as he possibly could until the time would come, which he knew would eventually come, when he would be silenced.

My guess is that all of us are “dogs with bones” about something. We just won’t let it go. It may be a political issue, or an issue regarding your children, an annoying habit of your spouse’s, something at the workplace or maybe it’s turning the lights off when you leave a room. But there is one issue we should all be “dogs with bones” about, and that is the message of salvation through Jesus. Specifically, we should be “knowing and sharing God’s love” throughout our daily lives.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and some of you have heard me rattle on about this (talk about a dog with a bone, huh?), but I have been particularly thinking lately about the folks who have come to St. Matthews, and then slipped away. Their attendance may have become more sporadic so we see them every now and again, so when they stop coming all together it does not reach our radar that they are actually gone. I can’t even remember certain names, although I recognize their faces in the grocery store. But do I go up and talk to them, asking them how they are doing, tell them they are missed? Sometimes I do, but sometimes I don’t. I’m in a hurry, it’s raining outside, it’s a full moon, blah blah blah.

But how can we talk about reaching more people if we can’t keep the people we have? Imagine how loved a person would feel if, when they stop coming to church for no particular reason, they receive a call from someone saying “Where have you been? Are you okay?” That would be true faith in action. That is what Paul was all about. I truly believe that this is also what the community of St. Matthews is all about as well.

Vicki Nelson

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