The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
Some of the jobs we do on a daily basis seem very pointless. This must have gone through the minds of some of the soldiers who were ordered to accompany a prisoner to Caesarea. They rode and walked through the night. A non-violent prisoner had a guard of over 200 soldiers. Nothing seemed to be happening. Included in the “nothing” that seemed to be happening was sleeping at night. Nobody wants to do that.
By their work, which seemed meaningless to them, a citizen was protected from assault and death. An apostle of Christ’s Church had safe transport to the next step on his journey. People who might not have heard of Jesus otherwise did. The apostle was able to continue caring for others in Jesus’ name.
Does our work sometimes seem pointless? No doubt about it! Yet, often in ways we cannot see, God is working in and through our faithfulness to our many vocations, accomplishing His will in this world. Just because we can’t see the purpose doesn’t mean it is absent.
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