Phil’s Points to Ponder for March 19, 2017

The following was found in a church newsletter:

“What is all this touching in church? It used to be a person could come to church and sit in the pew and not be bothered by all this friendliness and certainly not by touching.
I used to come to church and leave untouched. Now I have to be nervous about what’s expected of me. I have to worry about responding to the person sitting next to me.
Oh, I wish it could be the way it used to be; I could just ask the person next to me: How are you? And the person could answer: Oh, just fine, and we’d both go home… strangers who have known each other for twenty years.
But now the minister asks us to look at each other. I’m worried about that hurt look I saw in that woman’s eyes.
Now I’m concerned because when the minister asks us to greet one another, the man next to me held my hand so tightly I wondered if he had been touched in years.
Now I’m upset because the lady next to me cried and then apologized and said it was because I was so kind and that she needed a friend right now.
Now I have to get involved. Now I have to suffer when this community suffers. Now I have to be more than a person coming to observe a service.
That man last week told me I’d never know how much I’d touched his life.
All I did was smile and tell him I understood what it was to be lonely.
Lord, I’m not big enough to touch and be touched! The stretching scares me.
What if I disappoint somebody? What if I’m too pushy? What if I cling too much? What if somebody ignores me?”
Every week we pass the peace of Christ as we greet one another. And although we do it somewhat informally, we do it nonetheless. Churches who are more formal actually say to their neighbor, “The peace of Christ be with you,” and the response is to be, “And also with you.”
However it is done, I hope you are touched by it, and I hope you will truly care about the person you greet.
May the peace of Christ be with you!

(Our scripture texts for this Sunday are Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26.)

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  1. Dillian

    Action requires knowledge, and now I can act!