Two Miles – Good News for June 14

14 06 2010

Mark 5:38-42

Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard that it was said,

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

The Daily Path: This morning I woke to the sound of the wind blowing very hard outside my home. This time of year that is usually a sign that the marine layer is on its way inland to provide some relief from a sweltering day of heat.

I went outside to feel the cool breeze on my face. While standing there I wondered where the air that was blowing by me had originated from. Who else had it touched along its journey? Where would it end? What other faces would the breeze hit as it continued on its cooling way?

The wind didn’t touch me then come to a stop. Nor did it just blow for a mile then vanish. It went one for another mile and another until completing its full cycle.

Can I be like a wind that doesn’t just travel the first mile asked of me? Can I move on to mile two, excited to touch and linger where I am needed? How many more faces can I reach by continuing on?

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