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Make Hay While The Sun Shines

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Scriptural Readings: Acts 18:9-18; Psalm 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7; John 16:20-23

My dear encountered couples:

Jesus was right when he said the disciples would be sad after he left. It was before his ascension when he said, “You will weep and mourn, you will grieve for a time, but I shall see you again and your hearts will rejoice with a joy no one can take from you.” It was going to take time for them to get used to not having Jesus around. It would also be a test to their faith and their loyalty.

Jesus had promised he would never leave them. “I will be with you always, even to the end of the world,” he had said. Though they couldn’t see him, he would be right there with them. They were to believe that, and they were to conduct themselves as if they could see him. We are to do the same.

Jesus is with us every moment of our lives. And we know that. But it can be so easy to forget. We get all involved in the things we can see that the invisible easily slips from our minds. And in one sense, that is how it should be. God put us on earth to accomplish things. And for a large part of our time that requires our full attention.

We are not to act as if we are not in the world and walk around with our heads in the clouds like marijuana addicts. We are to give full attention to Christ for some period of every day and glance his way at other times, but by and large we are to concentrate on what it is we are doing.

The day will come when we are no longer in our bodies, and if we haven’t done what God put us here for, it will be too late. When we pray let us give it our full attention, when we work, and play let us give that our full attention. That’s what the apostles did. Now they are rejoicing not only because they can see Jesus, but because they were loyal to doing well what God put them on earth for.


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