Yesterday evening I emailed my younger brother, Wayne, and told him I had spent the afternoon working on my bible class material while watching the Twins play Kansas City on MLB and the Cardinals play the Cubs on FSM. Wayne emailed back, that it doesn’t get any better than that to spend an afternoon that way.
His comment led me to think of Tevye, of “Fiddler on the Roof.” One of the things he could do, if he were a rich man, would be to enjoy life and spend every day in the synagogue discussing the things of God. Compared to the Russian Jews depicted in the musical we are rich. We are rich in the wealth of God’s grace and we are economically rich in comparison. We have shalom – God’s peace and well-being.
This morning along with 15 other mostly retired men we will gather around a table at church and spend 90 minutes in the Word. The Word we study this morning is, fittingly, Paul’s great resurrection chapter of I Corinthians.
As we enter Holy Week on Sunday we have ample opportunity to enjoy Teyve’s dream to not only spend time in the Word, but to spend time with fellow believers in worshipping our Lord as we travel along with Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem through dark Friday to the light Resurrection Day on Sunday.
So, we will pray on Sunday, “Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Until Christ returns, it doesn’t get any better than that.