June 25, 2023
In Jonah 3:2, we read: "Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you." The phrase ‘get up and go’ appears more than fifteen times in the Bible. God is often telling people to get up from whatever they are doing and go to a specific destination. On a few occasions, it is to escape danger, but more often, it is to accomplish God’s hope for the world. This morning, I am getting up for worship with the intention of preaching a sermon that I hope honors the Gospel of Jesus. Those, like Jonah, often found themselves going places and into situations they never would have imagined. Even situations that were frightening. Today, I’m feeling pretty safe, though I hope what I do shows great esteem for those who sacrificed so much more than I ever will.
O Lord of the Journey, give us the courage to accept your prodding toward faithfulness. Amen.
Rev. Bruce Frogge