Jonah 3:1-5, 10
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. Amen.
In the early 1980s a young couple in New England decided to give up the “rat race” of modern life.
So they began to look at what they could do.
For a year, they researched the world, examining the places best suited for raising a family away from society’s pollutants. A place where they could get a new start. A place that would be free from the economic rat race, where their children could get a quality education, where they all could develop to their full potential in a healthy environment.
Finally they found and they left in January of 1982 for a small, isolated island chain off the coast of Argentina: the Falkland Islands. And, of course, in April of 1982 – [three months later], the Falkland’s War began. ( “On Freedom and Call — The Jonah Complex)
We so want security.
We so want to avoid danger.
This avoidance seems to be human nature,
and yet security so often is elusive.
In the words of Helen Keller: “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
This morning’s Old Testament reading begins this way:
“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time….”
That presumes a first time.
So let us refresh our memories: The book of Jonah begins this way… Continue reading