Friday, June 12, 2015

seeds of the church

today's readings: 1 Kings 8:1-66, Acts 7:51-8:13, Psalm 129:1-8, Proverbs 17:1

the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. and today, we see the first seeds being planted. while one does wonder if Stephen could have swayed his listeners if he'd been less critical and accusatory, one gets his answer by the response of the leaders to what he does say: they cover their ears and yell. the first recorded instance of putting your fingers in your ears and saying "LALALALALA" to keep from hearing something! sounds like they weren't interesting in hearing any truth that didn't agree with their worldview.

i wonder how much we can be like that? do we really listen when we hear things that don't agree with what we think? or do we put our fingers in our ears and go LALALA?

God, open my ears to hear what i need to, even if it's not what i like to hear.