October 14, 2023

Mark 2:18-22 (MSG)

18 The disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees made a practice of fasting. Some people confronted Jesus: “Why do the followers of John and the Pharisees take on the discipline of fasting, but your followers don’t?”

19-20 Jesus said, “When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!”

21-22 He went on, “No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don’t put your wine in cracked bottles.”


God-with-us, help us to be truly present, right where we are. Inspire us to recognize your presence with us too, even though you are with us in ways different than when Jesus walked the earth. May we see you in structured times of prayer and worship, but also in a walk outside or a cup of coffee with a friend, a meaningful song lyric or a text from a loved one who’s far away. When worries about the future arise, may we lean into trusting that you will are always with us. Amen.  

Written by Rev. Allison Wehrung (she/her/hers)

UKirk Ole Miss (Oxford, MS)

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