The reading from Genesis suggests a lesson from history as we recall the story of Abraham who even at an advanced age, left behind homeland and family to follow God’s promises to him. When coupled with the verses that precede it (Luke 12:22-31), the reading from Luke suggests a lesson from nature, where God provides for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field (even in times of sparse rainfall!)
The antidote to fear is to open ourselves up in trust to God who promises to “give us the kingdom.” We do not earn it or merit it; it is given to us out of God’s “good pleasure.” By opening ourselves up living into this promise in trust we begin to divest in self and invest in others thus “being God’s love let loose in the world” (remember I John 4:18?) and storing up eternal treasure, and as Jesus reminds us where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. This weeks “up”: Store up!
St. Paul’s News and Notes: Thoughts and prayers are extended to the family and friends of Dickson “Dicky” Ruckman Richardson who died this past week. Women of St. Paul’s are collecting items for LWR School Kits. St. Paul’s Quilters continue to meet every Monday at 9 a.m. All are invited to pick up a copy of Introducing the Missional Church, and read it along with people throughout the Synod. Discussion questions are available. Have you discovered Faith Five? Give it a try today!