June 28th, 2012

worship, praise, amidah

A familiar question

"what shall we do then?" Luke 3:10
"what shall we do?" Luke 3:12
"what shall we do?" Luke 3:14
"what shall we do...?" John 6:28
"what shall we do?" Acts 2:37
"what do You want me to do?" Acts 9:6

What first comes to mind? What do these passages reveal?

It also brings an old meditation to mind: (Busy - and missing the point)

A father left a child for a time, and the child was very sad to see the father go. Missing the father, the child stood by the door day after day waiting for Him. But, after a time, the child grew weary and distracted. He became absorbed in hobbies and soon forgot about his father. The father never forgot him, however. When the father returned, arms open to embrace His child, He finds him busy at games. The child says to Him, "Give me a minute, I am in the middle of something. I will come greet you when I am ready."

Ridiculous. Yet, isn't this how I live? "Hear, O Israel..." Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Or say, for example, that the father gives the child a task to do before He goes. He knows that the child can do much good while He is away, so He sends him off to do work. If the child works at these, but does not finish them before the father returns, the child should not feel guilty. Even though the child may feel he has failed by not finishing it, shouldn't he be joyful that the father has returned?

After all, where do the tasks end?