Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gossip: through the jungle

Sunday, November 29, 2009
    As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”
    —Mark 12:38-40 (NIV)
    Many today long to see Christ, but the jungle of theology hides Him and cuts them off from the sacred place, and few have daring or the hard-breathing patience to hack their slow way through. But if the matted undergrowth were down, or a path cleared through it, some might not see Him even then, but to how many He would grow quite clear and plain, and actual and there! And today, as always, it is the child heart that remembers the lost way to Christ.
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), From the Edge of the Crowd, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1924, p. 222 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, raise up people to clear the way, that the world might see You.
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