Monday, September 14, 2009
Oh, you tempting devil
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’and “‘On their hands they will bear you up,lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Matthew 4:6
For some people it is very hard to ask for help. For others, they want people to help them so much that they over work their relationships and do little for themselves. On a Monday morning, beginning of the week, I am often thinking of how much I have to do and how much I have to carry alone. I know I can ask for help- we all do- but many of us are loath to do so. We would not want to seem weak, oh no. There is temptation in wanting to be strong and independent. There is temptation in wanting to be cared for, to put the burdens of life on someone else. We are, at all times, tempted to be lazy and dependent, arrogant and too independent, separate from others or completely enmeshed with them. Jesus' temptation reflects our temptations - and are at the core of being human.
On this Monday, first day of the week, I have nothing to say but to remind us all how much God loves us. God bears us daily on wings of grace and we are often too blind with our own importance to see it. God offers us love in the voices around us and we are tempted not to hear. God, who dwells with us and fashions our hearts for love, is too often shunned from our lives because we are afraid of being dependent. God invites us today to live in love - love that is always enough for today and which has plenty for all our needs tomorrow.