As I write this, snow is falling outside my window. The forecast suggests it will go on for 24 hours or more, potentially accumulating a foot or more, all the while creating a sense of anxious anticipation: will we have regularly-scheduled worship this Sunday?
Our annual RevGals Big Event Cruise sails from Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday. That same snowstorm is snagging travel for our participants coming from across the seas as well as those right here on the East Coast of the United States, and much prayer is being applied to some worrying itinerary shifts and outright flight cancellations. (I commend to all travelers the posture of the Kindly Brontosaurus.)
Of course, no contemporary todo can match the agitation we can imagine being stirred up by Jesus in this week’s lectionary stories from the Gospels of Luke (RCL) and Mark (NL). To the surprise of a hometown crowd, he proclaims the year of God’s favor, right there and then. And on his journey through the region, he heals a woman just by *her* touch of his garment, then calls a young girl to rise from her deathbed.
How are you approaching the texts this week? What todos are brewing in your church and community? What is on your to-do list for this Saturday? Come join the party by posting in the comments. I’ll keep the coffee hot, the Diet Coke cold and the conversation going – because believe me, I’m not going anywhere.
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