He should be praying that he doesn’t get run over by a car. Probably he’s praying the guy hovering way too close to him with some strange gadget isn’t about to do him harm.
We left him in peace, enjoying his sunbath.
At our church it’s the season to be reminded of good stewardship practices. This morning’s sermon didn’t revolve around stewardship, but we had a stewardship event after church, A talent show following a pizza luncheon showcased some of the fine talents within our little church. The acts ran the gamut of silly to serious…all fun, touching, telling, and inspiring. Sunday school children sang and played instruments. One little boy asked if he could pray and blessed us all with his heartfelt words that we would all have a fun time and be safe and that God would be with everyone. (Something like that. I was too enamored by his adorable presence and sincere heart to remember exactly what he said.) Adults sang, told stories, gave testimony and played instruments as well. Each participant offered their talent to make the point, we all have special ways to honor God and bless people. Each person’s offering, no matter how small or large, blesses the whole body, our church, and/or our community.
But before any of that…during church… a sermon from the gospel of Matthew chapter 22. Jesus told a parable about a royal family’s wedding banquet. First, invitations were sent out by the king for his son’s wedding. But, lo and behold no one could come. (so of course, a little ditty from days gone by began playing in my mind…)
I phrased that last sentence the way I did on purpose. The wedding guest who came improperly dressed made a choice to do so. It was a calculated, in-your-face decision, and he knew better.
These are my thoughts, not my pastor’s words. I’m well aware you can’t build a theology around a parable. But, you can build a theology around Jesus, his death and his resurrection — an incredible demonstration of God’s love for all people. He is not willing that any should perish.