Main readings: Hosea 1.2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2.6-15 (16-19); Luke 11.1-13
Supplementary readings: Psalm 45; Colossians 4.7-18; Hosea 2.16-23; Psalm 138; Luke 11.14-28
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11.13)
I am standing on the abyss of retirement. Next week I step into the mysterious openness of my future. What will I do all day? Will I get under my husband’s feet as I seek personal meaning by muscling him out of the household tasks he took over a decade ago? In a year will I fulfil the promise made by kind people around who tell me I will find myself busier than when I was in full-time ministry? Or will I trust God and give myself space and time to let my roots find their place in a new community?
In the Gospel reading for this Sunday Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer. We know it so well. When we pray it slowly, heartfully, we are drawn into an intimate relationship with God, the source and destination of life.
We are called to take our part in building God’s realm here on earth – a place where we face needs, wants and hopes together. Then Jesus goes on to illustrate how this translates to everyday life with a parable – a friend calling out in need at an inconvenient time.
Next week, I am hoping to continue to trust my future, one prayerful day at a time, to the one who opens me to abundant life. What about you?