Running with Mark – 85

 

Day 85 – March 22, 2020  

Today’s blog comes from guest blogger Rev. Chris Carr. Chris is the preacher for Sunday, March 22, 2020.

  

 

Read:

Mark 12: 28-34 (inclusive Version)

28 One of the religious scholars who had listened to them debating and had observed how well Jesus had answered them, now came up and put a question to him: “Which is the foremost of all the commandments?” 29 Jesus replied, “This is the foremost: ‘Hear, O Israel, God, our God, is one. 30 You must love the Most High God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 32 The scholar said to Jesus, “Well spoken, Teacher! What you have said is true: the Most High is one and there is no other. 33 To love God with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself—this is far more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice.” 34 Jesus, seeing how wisely this scholar had spoken, said, “You are not far from the kindom of God.” And after that no one dared to question Jesus any more.

 

This seems as important a time to understand to heed Jesus’ call to Love God and Love our neighbor.    

 

Right now, it feels hard to see God, let alone love God.  In this season of a pandemic, there are a lot of questions, and the answers are unclear.  We are spending a lot of time looking out of windows, to keep separation and keep people safe.  People are either stuck inside, away from family and friends, out of school.  We had to make the tough decision to reschedule REYOUNITE youth event, where we had JJ Warren, Jennifer Knapp, and others coming for an amazing weekend.  It was a really hard decision.  We had a great Youth Group time online on Wednesday and the questions raised were mostly about this sense of the length of time this will continue.  How long will we be out of school?  How does God let this happen?  It feels like there is a lot obstructing our view of the Holy.  Fear does that.  We get tunnel vision and close off.  We are trying to look through a window to see God, but the curtains of Covid-19 are blocking our view.     

 

We don’t know when things that have ceased or been cancelled will be able to happen.  But we do know that when we commit into relationship with that which connects us beyond physical contact, we are able to throw back the curtains that obstruct our view and see with greater clarity, and when we do, our actions, whether they are in our home, or in the world of live-streams, can tell our neighbor they are loved.                     

 

Please read 1 Corinthians 13 to see what Paul, the apostle whose writings make up a lot of the New Testament, had to say about love.                                                                                                                               

 

CHECK OUT THIS MUSIC VIDEO FOR “NEW DAY” FROM JENNIFER KNAPP. 

 

https://jenniferknapp.com/videos/new-day/

 

Music:

“Feeling Low”

 

Lyrics:

When i’m feeling low

and my heart is weak

i know you have the strength

 to carry me

When i’m broken down

and i’m filled with grief

 i know you’re far beyond

what my mind conceives

 

As I look beyond the cares of life

I can feel your heart

Through the pain and strife

 As I look beyond the cares of life

I can feel your heart

feel you wash my sight

i can feel your heart

feel you offer life

 

you lead me to the water, sweet water

the water of life

when i am sinking,

you lift me up out of the night

 

how can it be hallelujah

i feel this love overtake me 

 

 

Prayer:

God, we bring our cries, we bring our questions, we bring our fears.  In this uncertain time, help us seek clearing our vision out the window, to push back the blinds and feel your love, and be in relationships that magnify Your love into the world.

 AMEN 

 

 

Peace and Love in Faith,

Chris

 

 

 

 

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Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins