Those of you who have kids will recognize the scene:
You've asked young Buford to help out with a task that isn't one of his usual chores. He rolls his eyes, procrastinates for another 15 minutes, and then, after you ask him for the 3rd or 4th time, he grunts, drags himself with an overly-dramatic demonstration of just how draining this request is on him, and begrudgingly (and barely) performs the task.
The prophet Jonah, after spending a 3 day "time out" in the fish's belly, finally heads off toward Nineveh to carry out the task God had given to him. But it looks a lot like Buford's attitude. He tells the people what God asked him to tell them, but it's not with the attitude I'm sure that God would have preferred.
What about us? How much of our obedience is begrudging obedience?
I hope you'll be able to join us this coming Sunday, May 21st, as we look at the 3rd chapter in the book of Jonah. It has plenty for us to digest and apply in our own lives.
This Sunday will also be a reason to celebrate! Six of our young people have completed a year of Confirmation in which they met with me each week as we studied the Old and New Testaments, the foundations of the Christian faith, and even a bit of church history. It was a time to ask questions and consider what it means to be a Jesus-follower.
As a part of the worship service, we'll hear from the Confirmands and honor them for their commitment to see the class through to the end. They're each at a different place in their walk with Jesus, and we're committing to support and pray for them as they continue the journey that we all share.
This year's Confirmands are:
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church