Sunday, November 15, 2020

Parkhurst: the blessings of the minute

Sunday, November 15, 2020
    Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
    —John 21:12-13 (NIV)
    If you will study the history of Christ’s ministry from Baptism to Ascension, you will discover that it is mostly made up of little words, little deeds, little prayers, little sympathies, adding themselves together in unwearied succession. The Gospel is full of divine attempts to help and heal, in body, mind and heart, individual men. The completed beauty of Christ’s life is only the added beauty of little inconspicuous acts of beauty—talking with the woman at the well; going far up into the North country to talk with the Syrophenician woman; showing the young ruler the stealthy ambition laid away in his heart, that kept him out of the kingdom of Heaven; shedding a tear at the grave of Lazarus; teaching a little knot of followers how to pray; preaching the Gospel one Sunday afternoon to two disciples going out to Emmaus; kindling a fire and broiling fish, that His disciples might have a breakfast waiting for them when they came ashore from a night of fishing, cold, tired, discouraged. All of these things, you see, let us in so easily into the real quality and tone of God’s interests, so specific, so narrowed down, so enlisted in what is small, so engrossed in what is minute.
    ... Charles Henry Parkhurst (1842-1933), The Blind Man’s Creed, New York: Randolph, 1883, p. 178-179 (see the book)
    See also John 21:12-13; Matt. 15:21-28; Luke 11:1-4; 18:18-23; 24:13-27; John 11:35
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, do not allow me to overlook the small tasks You have set before me.
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