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“Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’”  Luke 12:13

         It’s odd the things we inherit, isn’t it? When my mother died, she left an assortment of scissors as part of her legacy. There were the sewing shears that belonged to my Great Grandma Lou, and the barber’s shears of Great Grandpa Bill. The collection included a small pair the size of my hand that always sat above the kitchen sink at Grandma Elvie’s house, in case a stray thread or hair needed attention. Handed down to my mother, those same scissors sat on the windowsill next to her reading chair, to clip coupons from the newspaper.

         When a friend asked Jesus to help him arbitrate the family estate, Jesus deferred. He went on to share stories considered by many his most beloved, stories about lilies of the field and birds of the air. Jesus invited us to resist the temptation to worry about anything. There’s more to it than that of course. Jesus always hid a zinger at the heart of his teaching, drawing the hearer in with ordinary things we all experience, and then providing a twist at the end.

         These stories comfort and reassure the listener that we are cared for as intimately and surely as God’s humble creatures, but they also issue a warning. Jesus goes on to tell the chilling tale of a man who grew so wealthy that he built more and more grain bins to store his goods, only to die in his sleep. “Then whose will they be?” Jesus asks. It’s not so much that Jesus was trying to scare us witless that death could strike us at any moment. Rather it seems to me that Jesus wants us to be more concerned with the legacy God leaves us than with the earthly estate we have to divide with our brother.        Jesus calls “wealthy”, those who trust the resources given by God, those who store up treasures in heaven, and those who remember the One who gave it to them.

You are all set to inherit your fortune. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Prayer: We thank you God for the signs of our inheritance given not only at the end of our days, but each waking moment. Help us to live gratefully, in the assurance that all things needful are already available by your ever present and all loving provision.

Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Verlee

THIS WEEK: Please join the Deacons in welcoming to membership fourteen young adults who will confirm their faith during Sunday worship this week, May 22. Congratulations to them and to their families for this important affirmation of their life in faith.

Brianna Baker

Nathan Chandler

Tommy Coughlin

Jackson Forbes

Gregory Goldberg

Braedon Harrod

Delaney LeBonte

Bailey Oliver

Garrett Oullette

Emma Parrotta

Tyler Rivers

Willis Rivers

Hayley Smith

Nicole Villinski