You in Me and Me in You
by Pauli Hubbard
What a privilege to write devotional thoughts! This week’s passage in our lectionary is from Matthew 10.40-42. It is my custom to read many different translations, to see what words speak to me. This time Eugene Petersen’s
caused me to sit back on my heels! Here it is:
"We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God's messenger. Accepting someone's help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing.”
In studying this passage, I practiced
. What is that? It is a way to become very personally immersed in a piece of scripture. More could be said about this practice, but I need to return to what I discovered.
I have purposely underlined the part of this passage which startled me. It was these underlined passages which I have gone back and forth with for the past three weeks. What exactly does this mean...’
accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger
Last night as I was almost to sleep the answer came to me.
As I closed my eyes, I saw myself giving a person sitting on the curb a bottle of water, as he lifted his face to me, I stepped back... what I saw was my face! His reaction was as startling... for he saw his face in mine!
Is this oneness?
Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.