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Be Still

“Idle hands cannot do the Devil’s work!” says concussion-addled Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), frustrated manager and owner of Fawlty Towers, (“The Germans” episode), after his zeal to do good nearly destroyed his hotel and landed him in the hospital. Everywhere I hear – “all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” There are times when that is true, when silence amounts to cowardly complicity. Paul says that God’s death sentence falls not only on those who do wickedness but those who stand by and approve with their silence. (Romans 1:32) But there are also times when stillness furnishes the most powerful resistance. Our challenge is to know what time it is. We cannot transmit…

Idle Trust’s Acts

Incarnate faith is practice. Conduct demonstrates allegiance. Despite uselessness in the world’s account, quiet reverence of Christ in the heart goes forward. One thing Jesus commended as necessary.

True Uncertainties

“Arbeit macht frei” (work makes free) says the gate to Dachau concentration camp above. Does it?  These words greeted millions of Jews on their way to brutality and death.  What a parody of human efforts. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” mother taught us, but are they always?    John Cleese, as hotel manager Basil Faulty, in an episode of “Faulty Towers”, received a blow to the head that threw his thinking off, but not his physical ability.  The more diligently he managed his hotel the worse things got.  “Idle hands cannot do the devil’s work,” he mused as the physician and orderlies restrained him for his own good. God is not impressed by our great deeds because he can do great…

Gospel Birds

We should learn from the common examples that life sets before us.  Jesus says that the sparrows and ravens would teach us about relying on God’s provision if only we would permit it.  The eagle, Isaiah says, teaches us the renewing power of waiting on God.  (Isaiah 40:31). I do not see eagles much, but there is a gray heron that often visits The John Wesley University pond.  The heron knows how to wait and how to fish.  He seldom moves, and then only slowly and deliberately.  How could anything prosper by being so still?  Shouldn’t he diligently search the whole shoreline?  Instead, he stands motionless. Then a fish swims by, the bill darts into the water, and we see that…