READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 23:9-15
Psalms: Psalms 107:33-43, 108:1-6
New Testament: Romans 9:1-18
Gospel: John 6:60-71
Evening Psalms: Psalms 33
“For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”
They say as you grow older your eyesight and hearing become weaker. I disagree! I can see more clearly now and my hearing has become stronger, so much so that I can hear and see what the Lord asks of me… well, most of the time! For the last couple of years I know I’ve “listened and seen” more clearly at least on three occasions.
Two years ago I decided to listen harder to what God was saying to me. So when I was asked to teach Sunday school, I didn’t hesitate the way I had so many times in past years. Suddenly, I knew that this was something I truly wanted to do; I just never heard God’s invitation or saw the joy I would experience in teaching Sunday school to the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children of my church family. I am now in my second year of teaching, and I love it!
Last year, in March, 2014, the trip to the Holy Land was offered. The Lord said, “Go. It’s the perfect time.” And so I did. I actually went to Jerusalem and walked on the streets that Jesus walked. As young people say these days, “How cool is that?” I’m so happy that I listened. I’m so happy that I saw what He had in store for me, or at least gave it a chance.
The third time I listened has to do with singing. I have always loved to sing. Two years ago, I attended a concert by the Loudoun Chorale, as several members of St. Matthews were in this group. I was invited to their performance, and I’m glad I went. Again, the Lord said, “Join and sing my praises.” I did, and I have enjoyed singing with them for two years now.
“Sing unto him a new song: Play skillfully with a loud voice.”
Dear Lord, please help me always to listen to what You would have me do. Amen.