October 2, 2016
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7
My almost 2-year-old grandson does not articulate many actual words, but he is quite expressive nonetheless. He shrugs, he shakes his head and nods, he thrusts his hands up and out to the side while making a series of sounds that seem to mean, "I don't know." He says "Go, go, go!" when it's time to go somewhere.
When he is engaged in a task, every time there is a slight change--he drops a block or a puzzle piece falls into place--he utters the same two syllables: "Uh-oh!"
There's nothing unusual there--it's part of the early vocabulary of most toddlers, isn't it? But what strikes me is that he doesn't just say it when something "bad" happens. Any time there is any transition, it's what comes out: "Uh-oh!" It's cute, but I wonder, do I react the same way to potential or real change? Do I reflexively react with hesitation or even outright fear, or do I react with confidence that, with the help of God's power and love, I can move forward?
Lord, may I greet life's changes with serenity, not fear.
- Amy Welborn
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4|Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9|2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14|Luke 17:5-10