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May 1, 2020 - The Pleasure of Their Company

One of my favorite authors is Richard Bach. I doubt if many of you have ever heard of him. All his writing is about airplanes and flying. Early in his writing career he was writing a column for an aviation magazine. One of the columns he wrote was entitled “The Pleasure of Their Company.” He began the column describing taking an early morning flight with one of the pioneers of aviation. The flight was described in vivid detail. He was able to write this because he had read everything this man had written about flying at that time, a time before Richard Bach was even born. He concluded the article by saying that while we might not have been able to know these people in person, we can still know and experience them by reading what they have written.

This offers another way of being engaged by our scriptures – reading the stories as if we are there. We can read the twenty-third Psalm and be there with David tending his father’s sheep. We can walk along with Abraham as he travels to the Promised Land. We can travel with Paul as he moves from place to place starting new congregations. And best of all, we can sit at the feet of Jesus as he teaches the disciples.

We can have not only the pleasure of all who are part of our Bible, but in having this pleasure move closer to our God, closer to the child of God we were created to be. Ginny gave me a print of a painting of Jesus on the Emmaus Road with the two disciples. Luke tells us the name of one of the disciples, but not the other. Every time I look at that picture, every time I have read or heard that story, I am there walking with Jesus on that first Easter, having the pleasure of his company.

But first, we must pick up our Bibles and make time to read. And then take time to stop and reflect, to see ourselves as part of the story. It takes discipline to set aside the time to become part of the story. Suddenly, many of us have time. I can tell you from experience that it is well worth the effort.

How about you: are you ready to spend some time in the pleasure of their company?

Lord, we give thanks for our scriptures, scriptures in which you have revealed yourself to us. Help us discipline our lives to spend time with you. Amen.

Always, to God be the glory!

Paul

him. All his writing is about airplanes and flying. Early in his writing career he was writing a column for an aviation magazine. One of the columns he wrote was entitled “The Pleasure of Their Company.” He began the column describing taking an early morning flight with one of the pioneers of aviation. The flight was described in vivid detail. He was able to write this because he had read everything this man had written about flying at that time, a time before Richard Bach was even born. He concluded the article by saying that while we might not have been able to know these people in person, we can still know and experience them by reading what they have written.

This offers another way of being engaged by our scriptures – reading the stories as if we are there. We can read the twenty-third Psalm and be there with David tending his father’s sheep. We can walk along with Abraham as he travels to the Promised Land. We can travel with Paul as he moves from place to place starting new congregations. And best of all, we can sit at the feet of Jesus as he teaches the disciples.

We can have not only the pleasure of all who are part of our Bible, but in having this pleasure move closer to our God, closer to the child of God we were created to be. Ginny gave me a print of a painting of Jesus on the Emmaus Road with the two disciples. Luke tells us the name of one of the disciples, but not the other. Every time I look at that picture, every time I have read or heard that story, I am there walking with Jesus on that first Easter, having the pleasure of his company.

But first, we must pick up our Bibles and make time to read. And then take time to stop and reflect, to see ourselves as part of the story. It takes discipline to set aside the time to become part of the story. Suddenly, many of us have time. I can tell you from experience that it is well worth the effort.

How about you: are you ready to spend some time in the pleasure of their company?

Lord, we give thanks for our scriptures, scriptures in which you have revealed yourself to us. Help us discipline our lives to spend time with you. Amen.

Always, to God be the glory!

Paul

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