This Sunday at BLC
September 16, 2018 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
This summer I began working my way through a book of ancient wisdom from Christian men and women who made their way into the Egyptian desert beginning in the 4th century CE to live solitary lives. These men and women were the founders of the monastic life and they are still celebrated in Egypt today.
One piece of ancient wisdom from a man named Abba Poemen records these words: “The nature of water is soft, that of stone is hard, but if a bottle is hung above the stone, allowing the water to fall drop by drop, it wears away the stone. So it is with the Word of God; it is soft and our heart is hard, but the one who hears the Word of God often, opens his heart to God.” (In God’s Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics by Joan Chittister.) I love this image God’s Word wearing down the hardness of our hearts, like water wears down a stone.
Reading and grounding life in God’s Word was so important to Martin Luther that he made a point of translating the Bible into German so common people could read and understand it for themselves, instead of relying on others. With the prevalence of Bibles in various translations and versions in our world today, we can forget how precious and valuable God’s Word is and what a privilege it is to be able to study and be shaped by it.
This Sunday you are encouraged to bring your Bible to worship at BLC. We do this to remind ourselves that God’s Word unites us as we grow in faith and live in community with one another. God’s Word is the heritage that passes from generation to generation as it falls drop by drop into the lives and hearts of us and all. It is the foundation that shapes the ways we live, we love, and we serve.
This past week I witnessed a beautiful moment when a child of Bethlehem took her new Bible and walked up to an adult she loves and asked, “will you read me a story?” They sat down and read together the story of a man who had two sons (Luke 15.11-32) in words this child could understand. I won’t soon forget watching and listening as God’s Word was passed from one generation to another.
We share God’s Word so we all may know God’s great love for this world.
~ Pastor Amy