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I am happy and excited about the recent election of The Very Rev. Shannon S. Johnston as Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese of Virginia.  I attended a Meet the Nominees event at VTS, and he was the last of five folks to meet with our group.  I do not recall if he was making his initial remarks, or responding to the first question asked of him, but he quickly expressed his view that 'young people are not the future of our church, but rather, they are already very active members in our church, and that we could learn a thing or two from them'.  Through applause, I exclaimed, "Thank you!" for I have shared this understanding for some 20+ years now.   

Today's reading in Forward Day By Day comes from the Gospel of Mark (Mk 9: 30-41).  Because of the reading, I scrambled to grab my copy of The New Student Bible (New International Version).  I love it!  It suggests that Mark "reads like the script for an action movie", so it is easy for me to see these moments as 'scenes'. 

Scene I:  Christ is teaching his disciples, and speaks of his suffering and death in a way they cannot see nor comprehend until after the fact.  
Scene II:  After the disciplines had argued which of them was the greatest, Jesus put a child before them to speak plainly and directly.  
Scene III:  The disciples expressed concern since they had seen someone other than themselves driving out evil spirits in Jesus' name.

Do we see plainly the folly of the disciples because we already know the stories and the outcome?  Would we be as ignorant and blind if we were there with them, living in those moments, not knowing where we were headed, or what would happen next?  I honestly don't know.  It is apparent the disciples' focus was more on themselves and not Jesus until He finally said 'Hey! Pay Attention, There's Gonna Be A Quiz!'

I can see myself in all of these scenes, but my favorite is Scene II.  "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me;  and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."  Regardless of upbringing, age, education, status and stature, whatever:  We are all Children of God.   I believe that.  I try to live into that.  And that is one place where I find Joy in Ministry.