Hello, all preachers and students of the Word. This week in the Lectionary we are given what might seem like a cake walk, I mean, who doesn’t love the 23rd Psalm? And it does tie rather nicely with theGospel lesson.
For my very early leanings, it is all about voices this week. I had a phone call last week from a friend who has never called me at church, only at home. He admitted that he wasn’t sure how to refer to me when he asked the Office Admin to put the call through. He ended up saying “Pastor Cheesehead’s-First-Name”, which we both laughed are words that never crossed his lips before. It took me about five seconds to place his voice, because I had never heard it over that particular phone, sitting in my study, which is odd, because I know that voice rather well. I’ve heard it hundreds of times over many years.
I don’t know much about sheep, but I know about hearing voices. There are the voices of the people I know and love, the voices of our culture that speak sometimes in cacophonous whispers, that “still, small voice” that we hear when we think no one else knows what we are thinking. And then there is the Voice that knows us so well it speaks without words.
That voice is still speaking…are we willing to hear it?