Underlying all the shopping there flows the sustaining power of… not money, but grace! Grace – the power of giving – sustains every healthy business and every healthy economy.
They are stunned, these friends of Jesus. Gobsmacked. Flummoxed. They have been walking with the resurrected god-man Jesus, and now he’s gone.
For starters, we know better than to think our words and actions will go unnoticed. Our lives are open books before God, and our work will be exposed for all time.
This expectant waiting is altogether different from the typical sort of waiting, wondering and worrying about whether our plans will succeed or fail, whether the game will be won or lost, or whether or not our efforts will be rewarded.
It’s all too easy to define good and evil in terms of what seems to work best “under the circumstances” or what permits us to avoid “upsetting the applecart.”