Weary blessings

I apologize for skipping last week’s lectionary-based blessing post. I was overwhelmed by the choices – All Saints’ or Proper 27? Track 1 or Track 2? Narrative Lectionary or RCL?

Actually, that last one’s a bit of red herring, because I’ve been following the RCL all along. And I’ve been kind of avoiding the Track 1/2 dilemma by using exclusively New Testament sources for the blessings.

Speaking of which, this week’s Epistle convicts me of last week’s failings, and commands me to do better this week. “Keep away from believers living in idleness!” it cautions. “Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.”

It has been, for many of us, a weary week. For those preparing sermons for Sunday, know that I share your deep sighs and frustration at a Gospel reading that kindly suggests, “make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict,” while we are busy praying, “What the hell are we going to say?”

I don’t have it all figured out, but I know that my mantra, the nudge that the Holy Spirit has been throwing my way since early Wednesday has been that phrase which at once acknowledges the burden, and promises to help ease it: “do not be weary in doing what is right.”

Check back on Sunday to see how that worked out.

May the Wisdom of God direct you, the Word of God defend you. May the Spirit of God keep you from weariness, and enable you to do always what is right, for the sake of Christ Jesus.



About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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