Nov  2010 11
Do Not Get Discouraged

We all live out our salvation in our own ways, according to Jim Wilson's reflection on 2 Thess 3:13

Do Not Get Discouraged

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost C November 14, 2010 Green

Isaiah 65:17-25, Isaiah 12, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-19


“Brothers and sisters, don’t get discouraged in doing what is right.” 2 Thessalonians 3:613 CEB


Determining the scope of salvation;

with its incumbent lifestyle,

the piety practices necessary for happiness,

the scope of our personal mission calling,

how much the yearly pledge shall be—

all part and parcel thereof,

some oft viewed as oppressive, how sad


Salvation has no predetermined duties,

no gotta dos to burden a pilgrim on the journey,

simply a heart of compassion,

and hands of mercy,

an assurance of the living presence of God

and recognition of human need all about,

cheering the soul as love is shared


Old brother Joe sits in his pew,

doing nothing else about the church,

while his brothers and sisters,

are scurrying about busily day after day,

sorting the clothes, cooking the meals,

visiting the sick and infirmed,

and teaching each other


No cause for pouting,

Joe does his thing,

Mildred and Aaron do theirs,

complaining about the lazy scoundrel on the front pew,

robs the soul of its joy,

engaging in loving discipleship,

the essence of joy



What another does is their answer to salvation, to call them out, is to negate our joy in salvation, I give, money, time and service, because it is a pleasure to so do, Joe does what he does receiving his pleasure thereby, no need getting discouraged in what we do that is good and right, simple let the blessings flow over us.


Jim Wilson


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