This week the lectionary offers a pair of texts in which we discover how God provides unimaginable benefits for those whom he favors. In the Old Testament passage from Exodus, we read of God's provision of manna and quail for the Israelites in their desert sojourn, and in the gospel Jesus tells a curious parable about laborers in a vineyard that is meant to demonstrate God's grace and generosity for all -- even for those who come to him late in life. Another striking feature of both texts is the centrality of complaining to human nature... even when God is the one whom we are kvetching about.
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For October 4, 2020:
The Influence Of Her Religion by Dean Feldmeyer — What if Amy Coney Barret’s devout brand of Catholicism affects the way she approaches the task of interpreting the Constitution? Well, I’m a liberal and I hope it does.
Mark Ellingsen Ron Love Bill Thomas Bonnie Bates Frank Ramirez
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The toy “Etch A Sketch” is sixty years old in 2020. Wow! That’s hard to believe, isn’t it? I remember playing with an Etch A Sketch as kid. It had a red border surrounding the screen and two knobs which you could move to cause the sketch to be made. There is an Etch A Sketch website that celebrates this iconic toy’s birthday and has pictures of some amazing sketches.
Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. (vv. 33-34)
Praxis the colourful pixie was up to mischief. Praxis was a very rare pixie whose skin changed colour according to his mood, and just now he was bright purple with excitement. Mr Grump the goblin teacher had been called away by an urgent message, leaving the pixies to get on with learning their spellings.
Grace loves to garden and she tends her garden carefully. She lives in a town of two million, in a quiet neighborhood in a three--bedroom house with a nice backyard. She is happy where she is.
The environment is very important to Grace, who is a retired geography teacher. Her husband is in the Alzheimer's unit at a nearby hospital, and Grace uses her time to garden as her meditation time. She has lived a good life, and she is thankful for every thing and every day she gets. She is grateful for her life of 81 years.