Walls are typically built for protection. Nehemiah, in the Old Testament, leads a huge undertaking in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. The Great Wall of China was built to protect dynasties from invasions by surrounding tribes. We build fences around our yards to prevent the neighbor’s pets from trampling our lawns. Emotional walls are produced to protect ourselves from getting hurt by others.
Walls are protective.
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” – the things God has prepared for those who love him – these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10, NIV)
Lord, today is a foggy day. We aren’t fans of foggy days. We have places to go, and the fog only slows us down.
Lord, you know that foggy days are a lot of things.
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by Rev. Joe Varner
Read John 12:20-33
During Lent, we are always mindful of the end: the cross and the tomb. The Gospels bear witness to this central focus in Jesus’ life. It is there at the cross where God through Christ will accomplish the purpose for which God sent the Son. So as Jesus moves deliberately closer to the joy beyond the cross, we seek to travel in our own lives with the same kind of focus.
Jesus had caused one of those inconvenient uproars in Bethany when he brought his dear friend, Lazarus, back to life. The religious leaders of the day were feeling the tension rising as word about Jesus kept buzzing in their ears. Their observation in verse 19 says something about their jealousy towards Jesus, “You see you can do nothing, the whole world has gone after him!”
Read Jeremiah 31:31-34.
The other night our youth group served a meal at Park View Community Mission. In Lynchburg 24% of the population lives in poverty. Every Wednesday evening, Park View hosts volunteer groups like our youth group who serve a free meal to anyone who shows up during the serving times.
There were whites and African-Americans. There were young and old. There were homeless and working poor. There were those with disabilities and there were those without.
This prayer was used yesterday during worship. World AIDS Day, since 1988, has been December 1 and a day to educate and advocate for those persons living with HIV/AIDS.