At the time of this writing, some devastating forest fires are burning in California. About
750 square miles have had severe fires. The firestorm has forced 500,000 from their
homes. Fire has destroyed 1,800 homes.
Sometimes the walk with the Lord is like the joyous walk to Emmaus. But in contrast,
sometimes it is like the walk Isaiah describes in Isaiah 50:10: "Who among you fears the
Lord and obeys the voice of his servant. Who walks in darkness and has not light yet
trusts in the name of the Lord, and relies upon God?"
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.