Between the Lines: Pentecost 17: September 23, 2012

Text: Mark 9:30-37

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“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

What does welcoming someone look like? What actions does it involve? What attitudes, feelings, or emotions? Think of a time when you felt welcomed. What was it that gave you that feeling? What did you learn in being welcomed? About yourself? About the one who welcomed you?

What is there within you that you find it difficult to welcome? What might happen if you were to treat that part of yourself like a child, and find your way to welcoming it?

– Andy Kille


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to www.educationalcenter.org.
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