Wave Riding

Dear Wave Riders,

Have any of you ever watched one of the old black and white “Ma and Pa Kettle” movies? They were made back in the 40’s and 50’s. During my childhood in the 60’s and 70’s a bleak winter day became great if a rerun of Ma 'n Pa Kettle came on. Now we can watch them anytime if we choose, as people like my parents have the complete set of DVD’s. The humor is pretty simple and unsophisticated which fits my style.  The Kettle family were country bumpkins, and Ma Kettle, played by Marjorie Hicks, was a particularly fearsome presence.

Richard Fairchild recalls one such movie moment : ”In a classic scene that was to be found in many of the episodes, Ma Kettle would bang the triangle on the porch, and from every corner and crevice around the yard hordes of screaming, yelling children would pour into the house fighting for a place at the table. Then Ma, in her best stentorian tones would holler, ‘Hold it!’ and everyone would freeze in silence. Pa Kettle would roll his eyes heavenward, tip his hat, and say, ‘Much obliged.’ And immediately the melee began as abruptly as it had stopped.”

Fairchild goes on to say, “God calls us to much better my friends, than a tip of the hat.”

In the text for last week’s sermon John 6::1-15,  Jesus fed 5000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. In the text I am exploring for this week’s sermon, John 6:16-20, Jesus walks across the water. We still see Jesus feeding the masses with meager resources. We still see people walking on water, taking risks in Jesus' name and doing more than they could ever do under the mere powers they humanly possess.  Do we pause to tip our hat and even say, ”Much obliged”?

Let us take time this day and each day, to ponder and offer thanks to our God who breaks into history still, allowing us to feed the masses with meager resources and ride the waves of life taking risks in Jesus' name with the assurance that “by faith through grace” we can be Wave Riders.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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