The Second Lesson for Sunday, August 30, 2009 is James 1:17-27.

You must understand this, my Beloved:  let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.                          -James 1:19


I cannot think of a better passage for this week in the ELCA.  I have simply stopped reading the reactions (all sides, even the newspapers) to our votes in Minneapolis this past week.  To do so does not edify me or give me spiritual uplift; it only saddens me that we are so ready to accuse or condemn, bait or rhapsodize.

The best way to react, I’ve decided, is slowly.  Slow to speak, slow to anger.  For those who feel that things moved too far, and those who feel we have not gone far enough…James exhorts us to be doers of the Word, and not merely hearers.  This week, I will be quick only to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Beloved Lord, produce righteousness in us, that we might welcome with meekness the Word that has power to save our souls.  Amen.

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