Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you. ~ James 4:8a
You Are Mine, a song by David Haas, resonates in the context of this week’s Lectionary passages (listen HERE.) We are reminded in the Mark passages about not concerning ourselves with who is first or last, included or not.
In fact, we read that children – the bottom of the social and economic scale in the ancient Mediterranean world – are brought up by Jesus in the center of conversation! “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me,” in Mark 9:37 provides a very real example of how important first and last is to Jesus. All are welcome – no exceptions.
The song lyrics “do not be afraid I am with you” from You Are Mine are especially powerful. Sometimes it is in the most challenging times that we realize that God is already upon us. All we need to do is be still – drawing near to God – and feel that omnipresence.
Given that universal opportunity for power and peace, why does it take so much for so many of us to be still? Perhaps spending time with You Are Mine or a few of your favorite songs will help put you in the right mindset for being still, moving that one step closer to God…
PRAYER: Dear God, in all my days, help me to realize there is no need to be afraid, for you are with me.
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit and the stillness!
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, September 19, 2021:
- Proverbs 31:10-31 and Psalm 1
- Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20 and Psalm 54
- James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a
- Mark 9:30-37
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