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Lectionary, March 15

The Revised Common Lectionary texts for use in the United Methodist Church (UMC) this week:

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22


The Revised Common Lectionary texts for this week:

2 Kings 2:1-12

Psalm 50:1-6

2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Mark 9:2-9

Lectionary, February 15

The Revised Common Lectionary texts for this week:

2 Kings 5:1-14

Psalm 30

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Mark 1:40-45

Lectionary, Febraury 8

The Revised Common Lectionary texts for this week:

Isaiah 40:21-31

Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Mark 1:29-39

Lectionary, February 1

The Revised Common Lectionary texts for this week:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Psalm 111

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Mark 1:21-28

Lectionary, January 25

The Revised Common Lectionary texts for this week:

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Psalm 62:5-12

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Mark 1:14-20

Lectionary, January 18

The Revised Common Lectionary texts for this week:

1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

John 1:43-51

Holiday Blues?

My brothers and I pulled the tape measure from out of the snow a second time; we wanted to make sure our first reading was accurate.  Sure enough, another attempt yielded the same result: 19 inches of snow…in our backyard!  There would certainly be no school today or tomorrow, maybe not for the next week.

I still remember our excitement that morning.  Overnight, a record snowfall blanketed our town.  As a result, we had to get to work.  There were snowmen to build, snowball fights to plan, and hills to sled down.

However, I also remember sensing the uneasiness in our house.  We really were “in it deep.”  We were stuck, our house covered halfway up to the windows.  The cars were barely visible.  The front door would not open.  Did we have enough food?  So, in addition to our fun snow adventures, we also added “shoveling” to our to-do list.  That solid covering of white that seemed so magical to my 10 year-old eyes had us trapped…buried…swamped…immobile.

Today, as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays wind down, we can often find ourselves feeling much like my family felt that cold and snowy morning in 1994.  We feel weighed down…burdened…overwhelmed…exhausted.  The emotional “high” of the holidays is over.  There are no more twinkling lights, no more presents, and no more carols.  Removing decorations leaves the walls quite bare.  Family and friends no longer occupy the living room.  Many of us must head back to work or school.  Bills will probably appear in the mailbox soon.  “What now?” we might wonder.

As I think of these emotions that so many experience after the holidays, I am reminded of Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NIV)   While we may feel trapped or pressed by snow, or bills, or loneliness, we are not crushed.  Though we may experience a hint of sadness or confusion, we are not abandoned because God, who came to us on Christmas morning, abides with us still today.  God, Immanuel, promises to keep us in His steadfast love so that we may not live in despair or desertion.  So, while we celebrate God during the joyous time of the holidays, we must also remember that God remains by our side in the times that trouble us.  It is my prayer that we proclaim with the psalmist: “I love you, O LORD, my strength.” (Psalm 18 )

The Revised Common Lectionary texts for this week:

Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:24-37

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