One at a Time

bible preaching

This past weekend I preached on one of my favorite stories of Jesus. It's found in Luke 8. A synagogue leader named Jairus asks Jesus to heal his dying daughter, and Jesus is interrupted on the way there by a woman with a chronic disease. The story is a masterclass in being present and focused on people one at a time.

One of my takeaways is that I need to slow down my speed of life and make room for interruptions. It reminds me of the ideas of the Japanese theologian Kosuke Koyama, who developed the concept of the speed of God which I've written about previously (see: 3 Miles an Hour).

"Love has its speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore the speed the love of God walks." Kosuke Koyama

Are we living at a speed where we can be interrupted?

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