Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Someone once told me, "I don't remember all the meals I have eaten. As a matter of fact, I probably couldn't tell you what I ate for lunch yesterday. But I am healthy and fortified. The nutrients of the food that I have eaten nourish my body and strengthen my muscles. I know when I eat something bad for me - I usually don't feel very well. I am grouchy and short-tempered. I feel sluggish. If I didn't eat regularly or well I would suffer. And, I know when I eat a balanced diet. Those are the times I am energized and focused. I can't remember the food that I have eaten, but I know that this food is keeping me alive."
They continued. "I don't remember all of the sermons I have heard. I probably couldn't tell you three things about the sermon last Sunday. I don't remember all of the verses of Scripture I have read or the studies I have participated in. I don't remember the words from my last prayer. But, I know that this regular rhythm of learning about God has filled me with good things. The sermons have helped form me in Christ's likeness. The Scripture has opened up places in my heart that had been closed. My prayers have put me in touch with my Creator and have helped me in more ways than I can ever articulate. When I miss worship, or neglect to study or pray, I feel it. Something is missing in my life. I lack focus, and I find myself acting in ways I wish I wouldn't act. But when I worship, my heart feels full. I have hope for our future. I have a purpose in my life. I have love for my neighbor."
Is this true for you? What have you done during this pandemic to regularly worship? What happens when you are engaged with worship, Scripture, and prayer? What happens when you are disengaged?