Jesus scandalized many of the people of his day. He shocked them. He surprised them. He challenged them to look at the world and to live life in a different way. He was, in a word, a troublemaker — a good troublemaker.
This is “Labor Day Sunday,” and our reality is decidedly different in CoVid/2020 — our encounters with others significantly more limited, socially distanced, and mostly masked. We’re all a little more anxious, and life much more unpredictable.
This Sunday, I will begin a three-part series of sermons entitled “Three Simple Rules.” We will take one rule on each Sunday and consider what it means for us today. We’ll begin by focusing on the first General Rule: Do No Harm.
I think we have thought of prayer so much as something we do—an activity in which we mostly ask for something from God — that it may be hard for us to think of prayer as constant attitude, orientation to God, and awareness of the presence of God. I invite you consider some questions: What is your prayer life like? When and how do you most often pray? What do you find most difficult about praying? What would it mean for you to “pray continually” or to make “all of life a prayer?”