It is so loud


Today’s Reading John 6-11

Russia, Syria, and North Korea. Trump, Ryan, and Clinton.  Gorsuch and the Supreme Court. The noise all around us is overwhelming. It is so hard to process all that we see and hear. We have been inundated with news, “fake news”, and more news. It just seemingly never ends.

It has been going on for a while, but it seems to have intensified over the last several years. We find ourselves in a place where we need to reset ourselves and our lives but there is no way it seems. Yet, here we are in the midst of Holy Week, and something is happening. Can you feel it?

Today’s reading included one of my favorite pieces of scripture and that is Jesus, the good Shepherd. This passage is a reminder to me that competing, loud voices are nothing new in this world. It has been happening forever. Yet, as we move though Holy Week we have a chance to get right again. It is possible. We simply need to listen for our shepherd’s voice.

Jesus tells us quite clearly that rushing through life and allowing the voices to overwhelm us is not fruitful. We need to find a way to be still and listen for the voice of Jesus. We will hear it tonight as we celebrate Maundy Thursday. We will hear the voice of our savior as  he laughs with his friends around the table. We will also hear his voice as he warns his friends what is to come and the comfort of his voice as he shares in the meal.

We will hear his voice on Good Friday as he is condemned to death by Pilate. We will hear his moans of pain as he is beaten. We will hear his last words from the cross and then silence. The silence will be overwhelming on Saturday. It is a silence filled with pain, doubt, AND overwhelming hope because we know Sunday is coming!

I don’t want to give away too much of the story. maybe you haven’t heard it all before. Keep listening to the voice of your shepherd.  In that voice you will find peace and home.


***Note ***

We are in Day 38 of a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The 40 days of readings are listed below.

***End Note ***

40 Days of Reading
Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Mark 1-4

Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8

Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12

Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16


 Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Tuesday Day 6 Galatians

Wednesday  Day 7  Philippians & Colossians

Thursday Day 8 Philemon & Ephesians

Friday Day 9 Matthew 1-7

Saturday Day 10 Matthew 8-12


Monday Day 11 Matthew 13-18

Tuesday Day 12 Matthew 19-24

Day 13 Wednesday Matthew 25-28

Thursday Day 14 1 Corinthians 1-9

Friday Day 15 1 Corinthians 10-16

Saturday Day 16 2 Corinthians 1-13


Monday Day 17 Romans 1-8

Tuesday Day 18 Romans 9-16

Wednesday Day 19 Luke 1-3

Thursday Day 20 Luke 4-7

Friday Day 21 Luke 8-11

Saturday Day 22 Luke 12-16


Monday Day 23 Luke 17-21

Tuesday Day 24 Luke 22-24

Wednesday Day 25 Acts 1-6

Thursday Day 26 Acts 7-10

Friday Day 27 Acts 11-16

Saturday Day 28 Acts 17-22


Monday Day 29 Monday Day 29 Acts 23-28

Tuesday Day 30 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus

Wednesday Day 31 Hebrews 1-10

Thursday Day 32 Hebrews 11-13 & James

Friday Day 33 Revelation 1-11

Day 34 Revelation 12-22


Monday Day 35  1 & 2 & 3 John & Jude

Tuesday Day 36 1 & 2 Peter

Wednesday Day 37 John 1-5

Today Thursday Day 38 John 6-10

Friday Day 39 John 11-16

Saturday Day 40 John 17-21


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