It is less than two weeks until Easter and Christians will mark their highest Holy day by going to a worship service—most will follow by sharing a meal with friends or family. Our journey to the cross is drawing near. Jerusalem is in sight. How are we preparing for this day?
As I sit in a crowded New York restaurant/bar this past weekend a young man sits down across from me and engages in conversation. He works at the airport. It is his day off. He loves to read.
He asks, “Do you like to read?”
I am watching a basketball game on the big screen TV behind him, killing time until I go into the arena next door to watch another basketball game. The game is close, but I am enjoying this conversation.
“Yes, I like to read.” I answer.
“What titles are some of your favorites?” he inquires.
Without hesitating, I tell him, “The Bible.”
The young man laughs and says, “That’s Cliché.”
All of a sudden the game is not important. The noise disappears. I felt like a knife had been stuck through me. What! Cliché! That was screaming through my head. I wanted to stand on top of the table in this hip Penn Station eatery next to Madison Square Garden and declare, “The Bible is WAY COOL and not a catechism or rigid rule book or “how to” or ‘science verses no science’ or a crystal ball or a know it all guidebook for individuals!!! “
The Bible is about a new kingdom characterized by justice and peace—t it’s about individuality within the community for the sake of the community—our history and our future. It is a book about discipleship and spiritual integrity and consistency and the demands of this world—Evil and Good. It is about principles that engage us with the rulers of the world—and how we are different as followers of the Prince of Peace!
THAT is what went through my mind in one second. I simply stated, “No, it is a good book to read. I read it daily.”
I went on to recommend, Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
This young man was WAY COOL too. He was a well read, well spoken—brave enough to start up a conversation with me—and David—and I am glad I met him on the way to the cross. I handed him my card—that has my blog address on. Perhaps he will read this?
Think about your journey. Only a few more days to engage with others.
I need to work on my cliché.
Heavenly Father, Make all our words be beneficial in the days to come. Make all our thoughts be pleasing in your sight. We thank you for sending your Word into our life. Amen.
My word is like the snow and the rain that come down from the sky to water the earth. They make the crops grow and provide seed for planting and food to eat. So also will be the word that I speak – it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do. Isaiah 55:10–11, TEV