Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 3:6-18
Morning Psalms: Psalms 72
New Testament: Romans 1:28-2:11
Gospel: John 5:1-18
Evening Psalms: Psalms 119:73-96

DEVOTIONAL


“Jesus said to him, ’Rise, take up your bed and walk.’
And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed,
and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.  The Jews therefore
said to him who was cured, ‘It is the Sabbath; it is not
lawful for you to carry your bed.’”
(John 5:8-10)

As I often do in January, I find myself reflecting on the things I’d like to improve in the coming year. But I’m not calling them resolutions, as those have a tendency to fade rather quickly. I’m striving for permanent change. One thing I want to do in 2013 is to laugh more, help others laugh more, and find some humor in whatever challenges I may face.  Sometimes it’s hard to find a reason to laugh, even harder to find joy, but I will do my best to look for it. 

Now the Bible is not exactly a place one goes to find humor. Yet, I laughed when I read today’s gospel from John 5:1-18. Jesus cures a man who has been crippled for 38 years. He tells him to take up his bed and walk.  So, he’s walking for the first time in 38 years and some Jews come upon the man and say, “Hey, what are doing carrying that bed? It’s the Sabbath!” Their reaction is so ridiculous, it’s comical. 

I think about the times in my own life when I’ve failed to appreciate the wondrous and the miraculous because I’ve been too caught up in the trivial stuff. To be receptive to the wonder, to the glory and the miracles around me, I need to be ready and aware.   I need to pursue the laughter, be there in the present, and tap into the joy that is one of God’s greatest gifts to us.

MB


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