Yea, Moses, just grab the next snake you see and wrap him around a pole. You might have to rip it from the heels of someone it just killed, but, you know, easy come easy go.
That’s one of the texts I preached from yesterday. It would have been easier to skip it, but then Jesus had to refer back to it, like he wanted us to try make sense of it. In short, what I wanted to remind everyone is that God’s love endures. Heck, with how unenduring our love is, God’s love has to endure. And thank God it does! It’s because we have been ofered the enduring love of God we are healed in ways we don’t always know we need healing.
Yea, yea, yea. Listen to the sermon and you’ll hear more about that.
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Yesterday, however, as I was listening to the text from Numbers a phrase slithered around my heart:
The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
As a pastor, I appreciate that I am able to pray for each of my church members by name. The size of our congregations lends itself to being able to know what is happening in the lives of church members. And I take full advantage of that and pray. Every so often I remind the church that their pastor prays for them. Hopefully, they share the enthusiasm!
But something about that line gave me pause.
Maybe I’m not praying enough. Maybe there is someone that is needed a prayer. Maybe I’m not paying attention to what I’m praying. I don’t know. Maybe this is just another reminder that your pastor cares for your well being and is praying for you.