Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
I'm always amazed at the people who always feel well. They are blessed with good health, lots of energy, and day after day full of opportunity to work joyfully in God's kingdom. I'm not necessarily one of those people. I become ill easily, I sleep badly, and I also have day after day full of opportunity to work joyfully in God's kingdom.
Psalm 71:20 speaks of how God has brought his servant through troubles and raises him up with comfort. Even the person whose life is full of toil and tribulation can look to the Lord of all who is able to lift him up in the last day. Those who are strong and those who are weak both have opportunity to live in such a way as to show forth God's blessings, day by day. We all have the same time each day, but it is filled by the Lord in different ways for different people.
Many in our world in the past year of pandemic have been tempted to despair of opportunity to love and serve our neighbors. We are isolated, many have had to rearrange living situations, jobs, and family or community habits. Yet I contend that we all have opportunity to live according to God's grace. We can all be lifted up by the Lord, we can all work joyfully in God's kingdom, because his kingdom is all around us.
We may not know how we will serve the Lord this day. We may not know whether we will retain our health, our vigor, or even our lives. But we do know that the Lord of all has appointed this day for his will to be done in our lives and in the community around us. We all have the opportunity to work joyfully in God's kingdom. Let's do it, according to our abilities.
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