Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, January 20, 2020

What are you looking for?

What are you looking for?

It’s hard to find what you are looking for if you are not exactly sure what it is. Such is the dilemma that occupied our thoughts during our sermon this past Sunday. Our sermon can be found here.

I feel that for many of us the spiritual quest is one that we really cannot define. We kind of know what we are searching for, but we can’t frame it with words. It is not certainty. It is not conviction. It is not answers (particularly when we are not even sure what the questions are).

Yet we are attracted to the message of Jesus Christ and to the way that being part of a spiritual community enables us to follow Him. Maybe it is just as well that in the passage we considered (John 1:29-42) Jesus frames His invitation in the words “
Come And See!”

There is something about the journey that is a revelation all of itself. Along the way we discover things that we had not even realized that we were looking for. Sometimes when we find them we wonder how we ever managed without them!

And if that sounds rather vague then I make no apology. Even Paul spoke of only “
Seeing through a glass darkly.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Jesus invites us “Come and See.” Come and see what? We can only find out by following. For some music, a great song that gives expression to the thought that following is a life long quest.The cast of Glee sing the U2 song “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For” (Lyrics)

Prayer:
Thank You Lord for the encouragement to follow that not having to know all the answers can bring to us. You welcome the curious. You invite the seekers. Help us to stick with the journey and seek the company of others to travel it with. Amen!

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