Bread – Sync Up

March 30, 2011


Readings for Wednesday, March 30, designated by the Book of Common Prayer: Jer. 25:30-38; Rom. 10:14-21; John 10:1-18; Psalms 119:145-176, 128, 129, 130

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I just realized something. Easter is April 24 and the readings above are, according to the Book of Common Prayer, one week before Holy Week, which of course ends in Easter. This means that I have “lost” two weeks of readings some place. This means that Bread (and me) is (are) out of “sync” with the church calendar. What a mess.

Which of course raises a question – how many people share this boat with me today? My hunch is a lot. It seems like we are always out of “sync.” Sometimes we wake up in the morning late and so we are already behind our schedule. We intend to have lunch with someone starting at 12:00 and we get there at 12:15. We intend to pray but run out of time. Our morning routine is broken up by a toddler needing attention or cleaning up after the dog. We can’t seem to get anything done at work because we keep getting interrupted by phone calls, text messages, a drop-by co-worker, a drop-by boss, a meeting which didn’t quite make it to the calendar, a meeting scheduled for us which no one told us about (pick one). We are out of sync more often than not. We feel it, it weighs on us, it drives us nuts, and it keeps us busy. In fact, maybe so busy that we don’t have time for what is important.

Maybe you have noticed that every Wednesday reading contains a part of Psalm 119. Psalm 119 is a giant reminder of the power of God’s law, His commandments, to help us regulate our lives, to help us to stay in “sync” with what matters. “I rejoice in Your promise like one who finds great spoil … Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Ps. 119:162, 165

The tendency over the years has been to ignore Old Testament law because of our Christian freedom. When law is considered, it is usually analogized to a “schoolhouse” to give us a standard by which we may understand that we are sinful creatures in need of a Savior. It is often said that the New Testament purpose of the law is to bring us to the point of repentance for our sins so that we might have a heart prepared for new birth in Jesus Christ.

All of the above is true, but there may be another purpose of the law as well. Jesus said “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Lk. 11:13 How much of the wisdom imparted by the Holy Spirit is locked up in the law? My hunch is a huge amount.

So, when we become out of sync today, maybe instead of throwing up a quick prayer to heaven or asking the Holy Spirit to give us guidance, we could begin by referencing God’s wisdom for our lives, His law. That is Christian freedom smartly applied. That is getting in sync with the person in charge; that is syncing “up.” “Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”

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