On The Attack? – Good News for January 17

17 01 2011

Mark 2:18-22

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to Jesus and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

The Daily Path: “Who among us is without sin?”

Before I pick up these stones to throw, maybe I should ask myself if the intended target is doing the best they know how.

New Wineskin – Good News for September 4

4 09 2009

Luke 5:33-39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.”

Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.”

And he also told them a parable. “No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”

The Daily Path: As I have grown throughout my life, interests and related activities are surpassed by new interests. What once had great allure falls by the wayside. I’m reminded of the song from the 1960’s made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary titled Puff the Magic Dragon. It tells of a young boy and his make-believe dragon. For many years, the two are inseparable friends, living one wonderful adventure after another. Then, one day, the little boy grows up and no longer plays with his imaginary friend. He moves on to a new interest. He has outgrown what once fit perfectly in his world.

Since the miracle of my reconversion to faith in Christ, I have found the “old wine”, that once seemed to fit perfectly into my life, will no longer sustain me. It has no place. I have moved on to enjoy the richness of a new wine along my journey home.

Whenever I listen to Puff the Magic Dragon it always make me very sad. But my new life in Christ has been anything but sad. It’s grace has brought great joy and the light of hope. The new wine fits much, much better than the old. It has transformed the old wineskin into the new.

Room to Chat: Lord, shower your grace upon my cousin in Texas during her birthday celebration.