Summary: Philadelphia and Philozenia - luv em with His Love
Penetcost 14 Let Brotherly Love Continue, with help!
† In the Name of Jesus †
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ!
The young musician, week after week, sits and observes the people. There is John, a bartender and wannabe actor; Paul, the workaholic author; Dave, a lifer in the US Navy; rushing from one table, to another, are the waitresses, perhaps with their dreams reduced to simply being rescued; and businessmen, either celebrating the big deal, or drowning their sorrows, as another week passes, without success. The manager smiles, for many have gathered to find some sort of refuge, some sort of sanctuary. Finally, there is the old man, who has lost his past, who asks the young musician on a Saturday night, “Son, can you play me a melody, I’m not really sure how it goes. It’s sad, and sweet, and I knew it complete, when I wore a younger man’s clothes.
Bottom line, as the young man sings, “they are sharing a drink called loneliness, cause it’s better than drinking alone…”
Compare that to another place, Sunday Morning at nine, rather than Saturday Evening. Are the problems so different? Don’t we have people that dream of doing bigger and better things? Of people who spend or spent their life in carreers, dedicated to protecting their fellow man and country, yet once that service is past, have fears and problems re-adjusting? Do we have people coming together, to celebrate the success they have had, or to find encouragement because of another “same ol” week of loneliness and failure? Yeah, we do. All of it. But there is something very different, here.
In both places, people gather from every walk of life, rich and poor, wealthy and financially unsecure. Full of joy, and in dark despair. Looking for fellowship, or love, or perhaps, both. It is easy to see from the piano bar stool, or from the pulpit. But there is something different here. There is hope…
As a kid, I had two dreams. Because of the song Piano Man, to be a good enough pianist to play in such a place and give people a break from life for a while. Or to be a pastor, and give them a different break from this life, indeed another life. There are breaks, and there are breaks….
We are a community of faith, the body of Christ, the people of God. And in today’s passage, we tasked with a direction, that will draw people here, to find that which they seek, whether they think they will find it, in the bar, or in their business, or whether they doubt they will ever find it again. For what they look for is here, among we who gather in His name.
The Challenge – Let Brotherly Love continue
Philadelphia & Philozenia
Those in Bondage,
Honor Marriage –
Don’t be greedy.. Romans called generosity a gift
As the author of Hebrews starts chapter 13, he uses two related words. The first is Philadelphia - which is a compound of adelphous, meaning brothers, and philo – meaning love. The second, which we are told not to forget to do, is often translated as “be hospitable to strangers”. The word there is Philo-zenia – zenos as in strangers, philo, again, as in love, or show love to.