Readings for Wednesday of Holy Week 2019
“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.” (Isaiah 50:4)
These words resonate with me. Morning by morning I too awake in conversation with the Creating Word. This Holy Being coaches me through my life. I am informed, and so I inform. During the week I lead several Christian study groups. There seems to be something good to teach every day of he week. I know this is not something I have achieved. It is gift. I am humbled by it. I am also blessed by the people that God sends to me in these different studies. As I lead, I also follow. As I teach, I also learn. God gives me words to say that I personally never thought of. Truly, “The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.”
There is a real connection between the pastor and teacher as spelled out in Ephesians 4:11. There is also a real connection between the listener and the counselor. The pastor in me listens until my listening companion says what is necessary for him or her to hear and indeed, act on. My job is to be another human being in the room. I am to be safe, confidential and compassionate. God helps me do this work. I am not the only one. In fact, I am part of a large part of God’s helpers, many of whom do not know that they have been called to do this much needed work. We need more listeners. We need more people waking up with God on their minds – listening to God coach us for being with those who need a pastor-teacher.
If you are reading this blog, please consider if you think God has gifted you with the capacity to sit with those in need of talking. It is very important that you agree to “let go and let God.” God will do the work. I have learned that if you counsel, you should be counseled. We all need that time to come to Jesus in the other. No one is a lone wolf in this Spiritual companion work. As we companion, we are also companioned. Inevitably it goes full circle. Or as my mother used to say, “what goes around, comes around.” We are not made to live in isolation. We are hard-wired to be social creatures just as God, God’s self, is Trinitarian.
The weary are all around us. They need help. They need guidance. They need someone to talk to, perhaps you. Jesus says all too often, the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. The labor of love is listening. The fruit of that labor is people turning around and reconnecting with God.
Be expecting God to wake you in the late or early hours just as God did with young Samuel. (1 Sam. 3) And when it happens, just respond with, here am I Lord.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.