Whenever we go driving or hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park, we never know what or who we are going to run into. The week before last, we drove up Trail Ridge Road and the Marmots were on full display at the Forest Canyon Overlook! This particular one looked like it was getting ready to get into the pulpit and preach a sermon! On a more serious note, we can learn volumes spiritually from the members of the animal kingdom if we but slow down and actually be still for a moment or two.
I have been struggling with trying to be still myself and actually take some Sabbath time in the midst of the busy life and ministry we have here in Estes Park. Sabbath hasn’t been the only thing that I have been struggling with this week though. I have been struggling with the Scripture readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. More specifically, at first it was trying to decide between the passage from Hosea 1 where the prophet is told to marry a “wife of whoredom” as the NRSV puts it. Marry her and he will symbolize Israel whom I will put an end to. Hmmmm… not exactly an easy passage to parse and try to bring something positive and thoughtful out of for Sunday morning!
The next choice for the Old Testament was Genesis 18:20-33 where Abraham bargains with God for the innocent lives in Sodom and Gomorrah. God is ready to destroy the cities and Abraham actually stands up to God..[..]