Discovery despite crowd

Dear Reader:  This post is formatted differently from past reflections – a format I began on November 23, 2012 to facilitate a season of listening.  The explanation for the seasonal change is found here, in the November 23 post.

Lectionary Readings:  AM Psalm 119:145-176; PM Psalm 128, 129, 130
Zech. 12:1-10; Eph. 1:3-14; Luke 19:1-10

I was paused at both Old Testament readings, though not at particular verses, but rather at the aspect of God revealed in both – an aspect J.B. Phillips writes about in his book Your God is Too Small.  I will post those thoughts on a separate blog entry.

From the New Testament Readings, the Spirit paused me to ponder and pray, here, while listening to Stanton Lanier’s piece entitled, Discovery, which you, too, can play by pushing the red pause button to the left.

Ephesians 113In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit

Luke 193He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not…4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.

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