Love is Work

"And making a whip out of some chord, He drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well..."

John 2:15
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8-11; I Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25

Sermon Week/Year

Third Sunday of Lent, B

A young mother began her journal entry at the end of a very long day. She writes,

I told my husband I got no work done today. I was home with a sick kid with a mysterious illness that wouldn’t go away. I realize I have slipped back into my old ways with that statement. My old beliefs said I have to be productive to have a worthwhile day. If I dig a little deeper, my old beliefs said I had to produce to be worthy.

I did not get any work done today that generated any part-time income. Instead, I laid down beside my child, who was so nauseated that even watching TV made him feel bad. I did loads of laundry, cleaning up after him. I didn’t open my laptop once but opened my day to be wholly devoted to the one who needed me the most.

I felt like I didn’t work today because I didn’t do the work the world values…

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