Daily office Readings for Friday, of the First Week of Advent: Year 1
“Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly towards outsiders and be dependent on no one.” (1st Thessalonians 4: 9 to 12)
Finally, after Paul is done with ranting about what he perceives as sexual misconduct, he gets to what I believe God really wants us to understand; and that is, that we should contribute to the community in which we live with the work of our hands.
Not all of our vocations permit us to work from home. There is always the need for people who must leave home and perform duties that can’t be done at home. Builders, drivers, store clerks and so forth, must go out into the community and work with their hands in order to hold our community together. Paul was a tent maker. He is recorded as plying his trade with a fellow tent maker in order to not be a burden to his host. (Acts 18: 1 to 3)
Church is the living example of the benefit of our working with our hands. The church needs people who are both able and willing, to setup the Altar, play music, cut the grass, fix the broken furniture or structural repairs to the building, prepare food and by all means, make coffee. Yes, we need workers who perform the ministries of working with their hands.
Many of us consider ourselves fortunate to be able to work from home. This type of work normally consists of computer skills that primarily get business done around informational types of work. Computer work cannot get the ditch dug, or drive supplies to the needed area, or build a house. No, we must go out and work with our hands as God has directed us through the words of Paul.
Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine, Iran and China.
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done” (Genesis 2:1 and 2). So, for this evening and tomorrow day my friends, Shabbat Shalom.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, and to serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John