Maturity

smorgasbordWhen I turned 19, it was as if my taste buds changed overnight.  Instantly, foods I NEVER (ever) thought I’d enjoy, I started to love.  It began with coffee.  Then it was spicy foods.  Then it was smoked cheese, artichokes, greek olives.  Then it was red wine.  I don’t know if it was a hallmark of my maturity, or a product of it, but a whole new culinary world opened up to me.

Though it took a few years longer, a similar thing happened also in my life of faith.  Formerly uninterested in the deeper, stronger, and complex parts of the Bible, I slowly started to become fascinated.  Take parables, for instance.  The harsher, the better.  All of those things I didn’t understand (didn’t want to?  was afraid of?) became points to turn over in my mind, things to wonder about, to savor.

This Sunday’s texts are a great example of this.  The 27th Sunday after Pentecost, November 16, 2008, we will read the following:

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Psalm 90

I Thessalonians 5:1-11

Matthew 25:14-30

I am not going to summarize them or even comment on these passages in the blog this week.  Rather, I encourage you to read these in advance of Sunday.  To wonder about them, to study them, and to turn them over in your mind.  It is important to at least taste the stronger words in the Bible.  You may appreciate them more than you ever imagined. 

Prayer

Spirit of truth, give us courage to sample a stronger Word from you.  Amen.

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