When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”
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The word that shouted out to me in these verses is "Call." Both the literal calling for a variety of motivations and the sense of call to different vocation - the word derived from voice. In the midst of the voices, Jesus stops and calls. It has always been a profound scene for me in the Gospels. So much human drama, so much dramatic plot lines happening and then there is Jesus calling a halt to all of it for a moment. Jesus stops in his dramatic trajectory to the cross to attend to one whose voice was being silenced. Jesus calls. My head and heart have been pondering my own call to ministry that began so many years ago and continues to this day in a variety of voices. I announced to my congregation last week my intention to retire in January 2019 after 37 years in parish and campus ministry. I listen to God's call in my life. I am humbled and amazed to be one of many beggars who have called out for God's help and grace and can joyfully declare that God has been gracious to me. I look forward to time to rest and listen to how I can live and serve in the days ahead. What will happen to ELOGOS is still on my list of things to ponder but I haven't made any decisions yet. What I do know is what it means to have been heard by a gracious God and what it means to respond to God's call.
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Help us, Lord, each day to recognize the power of stopping to listen to our neighbors in need. Amen.