I bet most people talk to themselves. I have extensive conversations in my head, mulling over the day and any challenging situations and interactions I have had. Sometimes these internal dialogues are not healthy; they can become a vortex for negativity, a place of habit where I’m trapped in old patterns of thought. But sometimes they permit healthy processing that leads to life-giving action or that reorients my heart and mind in a helpful direction.

This habit of internal dialogue may come from God, who is often shown talking to God’s self in passages like today’s reading. I have an image of God muttering, roaming the galaxy, ruminating over the challenge of dealing with us. We seem to give God endless material for self-reflection. And most of these instances are times and situations when God could lose God’s temper and smash us!

Those of us who are parents know these moments. Your child has just drawn on the wall with markers for the fourth time in as many days, and part of your internal conversation drifts toward the possibility of lots of yelling. But if we are coming from a place of grounded awareness, we don’t give in to that impulse. And that’s what God also decides—I’m not going to lose it—and we see, as the passage unfolds, that God’s compassion and presence allow the people to reform and return from exile. Once again, God is enough for the people to return home.

Our spiritual life helps us to experience God’s compassion, God’s turning toward us. In the quiet conversations of our mind we can find God roaring and leading us home.

God of endless patience, help us to listen for you. Help us to hear your roar. Bring us into your presence. Amen.

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Read Luke 12:13-21

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Lectionary Week
July 25–31, 2022
Scripture Overview

Hosea relates a further message from God. Israel has repeatedly ignored God’s teachings, even though God continues to reach out with love and kindness. A just response would be wrath, but God will respond with mercy to restore the people. The psalmist echoes this teaching about God’s enduring love. Although some have gone through periods of distress, when they call out to God, the Lord responds with steadfast love. We then explore guidance for the life of a Christian. In Colossians we read that we should focus on heavenly realities, not the physical world. Rather than pursuing our own pleasure, we should put on a new self and behave more like God desires. The parable that Jesus tells reinforces this point. We should focus on storing up heavenly treasures, not earthly ones.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Hosea 11:1-11. How have you suffered the consequences of turning away from God? How has God welcomed you back?
Read Psalm 107:1-9, 43. What stories of God’s goodness does your family tell to the next generations?
Read Colossians 3:1-11. How has Christ renewed you? How do you see Christ in others?
Read Luke 12:13-21. How has greed shown up in your life? How do you combat greed in all its forms to live out of a mentality of abundance?

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