Winter has come early to the Northern Hemisphere, and not particularly welcome. Some of us are just dealing with cold temperatures while others have already had significant snow fall. It’s unpleasant, but it is what this time of year brings, early or not.
The texts this week bring us much to consider, cold weather not with standing. We have Deborah, the amazing queen who saves her people contrasted with Jesus’ parable in Matthew of the (so called) “talents.”
Or if you are working with the Narrative Lectionary you may be considering kings and judges (rulers, again) and Isaiah’s prophetic call to the people, “what is God’s desire for you?”
A number of us are in the middle of or the end of our Stewardship season, which only further challenges how one might “read” these texts and what one might need to say to the people.
Where are your thoughts this day, as you ponder the texts? Which text calls to you and moves you to reflect on it?
This is the preacher party, a day to shore up one another, offer ideas, or at least compassionate listening.
I have plenty of coffee, tea, and fruit. Maybe I’ll even make some muffins….yes, warm muffins are definitely required. Pull up a chair and join the party!