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But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said.”Don’t be afraid.” Matthew 17:7
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Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
What do you need to believe?
Few of us ever get to see the heavens open. We don’t hear a booming voice from above. But that rarely seems to be God’s style.
What Jesus did was journey along on dusty roads teaching and talking to people, telling them about how God was lovingly present with them using stories of lost sheep and mustard seeds and misbehaving sons and good Samaritans. And because Jesus did that, these gospel stories still resonate 2,000 years later in places as different from each other as Brooklyn Park Minnesota and remote villages in Tanzania.
Last week I was in one of those villages and I gave a small boy a lollipop as several of his neighbors tried to help us get our Jeep out of the deep mud. The little boy ran off and I spotted him later with two little friends as they took turns sharing the lollipop with each other. Click on the sermon link to hear the whole story.
If we are looking for them, I believe God provides those thin places where we experience God’s presence, often in very simple, seemingly ordinary experiences. Like when a little boy from a poor village in east Africa was as excited about being able to share his good fortune with his friends as he was to receive it.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Do you have an experience of a “thin place” you are willing to share?
2. Do you think you miss some of the “thin places” God provides because you are too busy or distracted to notice them?
As we move into the season of Lent, take special care to notice the thin places in your life where God’s presence is revealed. If you have a special thin place experience you are willing to share, let us know!