One Thing

“…you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about.” - Luke 10:41b-42a

Dear Friends, One thing. On Sunday we kicked off a new series, and we’re continuing to Welcome (you) Home! Home is a special place of rest and healing and Canonsburg UP Church is indeed, a special place of rest and healing. It happens every time we gather - for worship, for ministries of support and recovery and for every small group whether it be a ministry team or study group. It’s happening! On Sunday, we took a second look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan - and if you’d like to take a first look, you can read or watch the message from July of 2018 here. (Listen on YouTube | Read Transcript) One thing new came up Sunday that surprised even me, and seems to fit our current situation. As easy as it is to point our finger at the Priest and the Levite, who walk by the wounded man at the side of the road in this parable, their behavior isn’t all that surprising. I mean, we all would like to think we’d be the hero, we’d be the Good Samaritan who stops what we’re doing and takes time to care for this man’s needs. But, let’s be honest, in our lives so jam-packed full of deadlines and commitments, that’s one MORE thing. And what if the reason they didn’t act was not because they were too busy, or didn’t care, but because they were so overwhelmed with their own lives, and so overwhelmed by the situation they encountered, that the only way they could cope, was to do nothing. I wonder if they saw the need and imagined only two options - do it all, or do nothing at all. If so, it was the Samaritan’s different way of looking at the situation that enabled him to act. He didn’t imagine he had to be the hero, the savior, but just one piece of this man’s salvation. He saw. He had pity. He went to him. He bandaged. He poured oil and wine. He put him on his donkey. And then… he shared the burden of caring for the man with someone else. This world, currently as it is, feels like it’s spinning off its axis. Problems come screaming at us from all directions, amplified by our televisions, newspapers, social media feeds, and even in our friends and families. It’s an inter-connected web of anxiety and it’s so overwhelming, that we can find ourselves following the Priest and the Levite… doing nothing. We know that’s not the answer. But facing the enormity of the world’s problems, or even facing the enormity of our own daunting schedules, workplace deadlines, calendar conflicts and social obligations, we can freeze or end up running the wrong way. It’s here that I’m reminded of a compelling song that Anna sang in Disney’s Frozen 2. No, not “let it go!” That was Elsa in the first movie. No, in the second movie, her sister Anna, stuck in the cold dark, having lost her way and fearing for her life in the midst of the grief of losing her sister… she sings to herself… and to us, “do the next right thing.” One thing. You don’t have to do it all. In fact, you can’t. But don’t let that keep you from doing something. In fact, just do one thing. If you’re overwhelmed by the state of the world, the school system, the healthcare system, racism, Covid, your marriage, your family, your job, the church… you don’t have to fix it all. In fact, you can’t. But you can do… one thing. I don’t know what that one thing is for you. But I know you can do one thing. And that’s ok. As Jesus told Martha, only one thing is worth being concerned about. Welcoming You to do do just One Thing, Pastor Don

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