Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
John 13:21-33, 36-38
The scripture today is filled with incredible and powerful images. God tells Isaiah that he will be a light to the Gentiles and bring salvation to the ends of the earth. The psalmist exclaims that his mouth will tell of God's righteousness and salvation all day long. And John tells the story of the Last Supper. At the end of the supper, Peter exclaims, "I will lay down my life for you," and Jesus responds, "before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." Peter was given an opportunity and had to make a choice.
Did you see the sunrise this morning? This morning I sat in
my living room with my cup of coffee facing the east and watched the sun
rise. It was an overcast day and at first there were little glimpses
of pink and purple on the horizon that appeared and then began to fade.
Then a cloud moved and the entire sky exploded into all sorts of orange
hues. It was incredible. At that moment my 13-year-old walked
into the room yawning and rubbing his eyes. "Look, Kyle!" I
exclaimed. Kyle responded, "Yeah, it looks like another cold and
cloudy day." I must have been staring at him like he had a third
eye, because he then gave that typical teenage response, "What?"
At this point I had several choices. I could launch into my "what's
wrong with teenagers these days" lecture, but that would mean that I am
my father and would require years of counseling in the future. Or
I could say, "Look, Kyle, God's glory revealed as a gift just for us this
morning." Instead, I chose to say nothing. Like Peter, sometimes
I make the wrong choice. Part of God's grace is that even though
I often make wrong choices, God affords me second chances and opportunities
to make different choices. In a few days we will celebrate the anniversary
of the greatest day in history. The greatest event in God's relationship
with man. And yet some will simply see it as a day to check the ads
for the chocolate egg sales at Walgreen's. Why is that? Why
do some see the glory, but others don't? Sometimes it's frustrating.
However, I recognize the beauty of the diversity of God's creation, part
of which is us. If we were all autotrons that saw God in exactly
the same way, well, it would be a pretty boring world. In the next
few days, I'm betting that you, like me, will have a chance to witness
to someone. Maybe it will be the question "what?" or a casual conversation
or a sunrise or helping someone or a compliment or maybe just giving the
gift of a smile. Whatever it is, we will have to make a choice.
My prayer is for God's guidance and direction and for the opportunity to
make the right choice. Did you see the Son rise this morning?
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