Sunday, April 24, 2016
Yesterday, as I sat at home, pondering the weekend sermon, there was a thumping in the house. I knew I was alone, and at first went on with my activities; laundry, reviewing sermon stuff, a bit of knitting...the thumping continued. It was irregular, but kept on. Finally getting up to investigate I heard it coming from the kitchen. Our kitchen has a large picture window looking out over the back yard and there on the evergreen bush outside the window was a robin. Periodically, she flew into the window trying to get in! Crazy bird! I remembered the definition of insanity; doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results!
I have since heard from a reputable source that the robin is not the most intelligent of birds (in other words not so politically correct)--kinda dumb. Well certainly we had evidence of that!
I pondered this as I was looking at the lessons for the week and reading the lesson from Acts 11 I wondered if that was some of the problem in the church today; are we just doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results-beating our heads against the window? The passage in Acts for this weekend talks about Peter going to the Gentile community, eating with them and being critiqued by the early church. They were a closed group at the time and this was the beginning of seeing what God was up to and out-of-box thinking. Something we're still not too good about.
Back to the bird. I stepped back and noticed that she was flying into the window right where I have an Easter wreath. Stop it, we are only in week five of Easter, I can still have an Easter wreath up!
The twig wreath with pastel eggs on it, must be the attraction. She was trying to get to her nest and the eggs in it! Suddenly, this was not so dumb. Call me crazy, but the Gospel for this weekend is the passage of the new commandment, that you love one another as Jesus loved!
The unrelenting love of God is manifest in the world each day. God loves us so much, smashing into a window, time after time, with the tiniest prospect of getting through is not even a deterrent.
So there you have it! Lessons for the weekend, courtesy of one slightly confused and misplaced robin. How is God speaking to you this week?