Our calendars proclaim a new season, and here in the American Midwest creation has joined the chorus. Temperatures and humidity have dropped to much more comfortable levels, and the air is crisp and clean. We won’t be mowing our grass much longer but instead will be contending with autumn leaves. It is, indeed, a beautiful time of year.
While the liturgical calendar is not quite ready to turn a new season, many of our churches embarked on new programming as the schoolyear began and soon will turn thoughts toward planning for a new budgeting year. Fall is oftentimes the season of stewardship in our congregations – preaching about giving, asking for commitments, dreaming about the future.
In the spirit of the season, I offer the resource below from the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics that explores the stewardship of King Solomon.
Solomon presents a remarkable case of both a life lived wholly for God and a life tragically fragmented by divided loves. At his best, Solomon shows how every aspect of life and work can be transformed by the love of God; at his worst, he shows how subtle divisions can sneak into the human endeavor and grow into fissures large enough to divide a kingdom.
Certainly, we want to live our lives wholly for God and not fragmented by competing devotions.
So, let’s not shy away from this important spiritual concept but instead engage it honestly and courageously – both for our own sakes and for the sake of the church.