Monday, March 5, 2012

Daily Devotion for Monday, March 5, 2012

Scripture Reading for today: Hebrews 1:8-12

Key verse for today:  Hebrews 1:10b-11, "You, Lord, laid the earth's foundations in the beginning, and the heavens are made by your hands.  They will pass away, but you remain.  They will all wear out like old clothes." 

I really expected to be on the moon by now.

Well, maybe not me personally, but growing up in the 70's I really thought that we would have an active moon base by 2012.  Easily.

Campy British television show from 1975.
You can get a metal lunch box on eBay but be prepared to spend some $.

And if we had a base on the moon, would there be a church present?  Or at least a chaplain?

Will the United Methodist Church ever have an appointment to the moon?

How I envisioned the future of the church may have been different at age 10 than how it really turned out.  Today's scripture reminds us that things will continue to change whether we like it or not.

There is a lot of anxiety in the church concerning our future relevance.  It is not without merit if we are concerned with business as usual as a denomination.

As I read Hebrews today, I am reminded that nothing ever stays the same.  This doesn't mean we don't have to adjust or change in order to be effective.  Au contraire! We should always strive to present the Good News in ways that challenge the present population. We should continue to be disciples of Jesus that make other disciples not to save a church structure or hierarchy but because following Christ changes lives.

I do believe that the church has a long future ahead of it.  We will continue to touch lives in new and countless ways (countless no matter how many reports we try to file).  And God will continue through all of it.  How is God calling you not only to be a disciple but to make a disciple?  And yes, parenting counts.

Who knows, maybe I'll be the first pastor to celebrate Holy Communion on the moon!

Breath prayer: Eternal God, work through me today.

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