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Dang! Missed The Light!

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Scriptural Readings: Nehemiah 2:1-8; Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6; Luke 9:57-62

My dear encountered couples:

We find Job in a deep discussion with his friends about God. One of the things he said about God’s capability caught my attention. It is but one short sentence, a brief remark. This is what Job said about God: “He commands the sun, and it rises not.

Ever think about that? The sun only rises every morning because God commands it to. Any day at all he could tell the sun to stay where it is and not rise. In other words, God can order the earth to stand still during our nighttime and we wouldn’t see any sunrise. Every sunrise is a gift and an act of God. How about other things in our lives? How about stoplights?

Green means go, red means stop! That’s the sign of the traffic cop.” Ever learn that in school? Green does mean go, and red does mean stop, but it’s a sign of God. God is the one in control of that sign. It turns red or green when God wants it to, when God makes it happen. As Job said the sun won’t rise if God commands it not to, the traffic lights won’t change unless God commands them to. They won’t work at all unless he lets them.

The next time you find yourself tempted to curse at the traffic light for turning red, think again. Was it God who commanded it to turn red? Is it God that wants you to slow down? If so, there must be a good reason for it. The same with the many other things in our lives - like the alarm clock, the battery in our cars, the refrigerator light. Something to think about, isn’t it? That’s what Job and his friends were doing. Thinking, and discovering God in their lives. Not a bad idea. Let’s try it more often.


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