Daily Readings/ Editorial
Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, January 22:
Monday: Mark 13:1-37
Tuesday: Mark 14:1-31
Wednesday: Mark 14:32-72
Thursday: Mark 15:1-20
Friday: Mark 15:21-47
Saturday: Mark 16
In the Gospel of Mark, we read a very interesting little phrase that Jesus chose twelve apostles and appointed them so that they would be “with him” (3:14). Even before giving them their mission, Jesus chose people to be “with him” - in his presence, conversing with him, learning from him, having his comfort moment by moment. The purpose of the incarnation, that is, God coming to earth as a human being, was relationship.
One of the great blessings since Jesus came is that we get to share that special relationship in Christ together. I had not thought as much as perhaps I should have about that until one of our elders announced this past Sunday that he was retiring after many years of serving our church in that capacity. He thanked the congregation for how we had helped him and his family. Upon further reflection following his remarks, it occurred to me how much he had helped us by just being with us.
I remember the time when one of our families had a crisis at Christmas but he was there with them helping care for their children so that they could focus on the issue at hand.
I remember a time when our congregation faced one of the biggest challenges that a church could face and he was with us all the way through that very difficult time.
I remember on many occasions when it was very difficult to find a Bible teacher, he was always ready to fill in or make calls to find someone who would teach.
I remember the time when the preacher was on sabbatical in far west Texas, the guest preacher could not get to San Antonio because of travel complications; even though he was informed only a few minutes prior, he was with us that morning in the pulpit doing a very respectable job.
I remember needing money to help feed the hungry on many occasions and he was always willing to share with us so we could help no matter when or how much.
I remember dragging myself out of bed way before daylight to go study the Bible and of course, he was there with us challenging us to think more deeply and thoughtfully about God’s word and how it applied to our lives.
I am so very glad he chose us to be with us and would like to say “Thank You” in a more formal way, but he didn’t want us to make a big “to-do” about it or even to mention his name in any way. So, I won’t do that; I will just remind us to keep on being “with him” and Carole as they have so wonderfully been with us.