I read a story about a young man, who after getting his master’s degree in engineering decided to move to California and pursue his call as a drummer. (I know a bit cliché.) To support his choice he figured he could become a math teacher. The grade did not matter to him.  It was all the same and he figured it would be a piece of cake. As it happened in California private schools did not require a teaching license, so he’d applied and got an interview. It was for a middle school. The interview went smoothly enough. Starting the conversation with his expensive degree, he breezed through with a minimum number of questions. His strong academic background and his personality matched well but classroom management skills was needed. He writes, “From the instant I opened the classroom door, I knew I was in over my head. Over the course of the next hour, I went from cocky university grad to vexed and sweaty beggar, pleading for the attention of twelve year olds. It turns out kids don’t really want to pay attention. Or perhaps they can sense when you don’t know what you’re doing. Either way, when the bell rang I was the only person who learned anything.” His follow-up meeting with the principal was brief and to the point. A few days later, he found work at a gym.  What we want to remind you this day is Jesus invites each of us (perhaps its better stated Jesus calls each one of us) to be in genuine relationships, bearing each other’s burdens, caring for one another, especially the vulnerable, holding onto each other through (as they say)  thick and thin, always with hope and the assurance of God’s abiding presence. Do what you need to do today and be the person God created you to be.

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:27, 28a &31
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  God blessed them… God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

Reflection Questions:
What is God calling you to do?
How is God blessing you?
How do you experience God’s abiding presence?

Prayer: Holy God, in the midst of my day, you call me to become attached to others. Let something extraordinary happen in my caring for others and assure me of your abiding presence. Amen.