Ace Story-Teller Jesus coined a cracker in ‘Maw, Paw & The Broons’ Bairns & Beasts’. At mid-night a traveller turned up at Joktan’s seeking sleep & sustenance. Jok’s cupboard’s bare, so he jumps next door rattling Broon’s door for help, “Gie us some breed (bread) will ye Davidson!?” in a good Hebrew accent, of course.

Now, picture the Broon’s household: Dad sleeping at one end of the But ‘n Ben (tiny cottage) next to Mrs B, their 5 kids (all under 6) sound asleep at their feet; beyond them, at the other end of the small space, a slumbering dunkey (donkey), coo (cow) & chickens. “Will ye shut up & go away Jok, ye’ll waken the Mrs!” But Jok bangs the door harder, “Please Broon, gie us some breed!” Maw Broon, roused now, tells her man, in no uncertain terms, to get rid of their nagging neighbour. Numerous other knocks & pleas pierce the darkness. Yes, you’ve guessed it, “Waaaaaaaa! Waaaaaaaa! Waaaaaaaa!” soon the babies are bawling & livestock complimenting the curdling cacophony, which threatens to waken the whole neighbourhood.

 

Eventually, bleary-eyed & exasperated Paw Broon gets up, lifts 3 loaves & almost crowns Jok with them, “Will ye get lost & gie us piece!”

 

In Luke 11:9-13 (MSG) Jesus follows his hilarious story, “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek

game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”

Yesterday Rev Tom Cant & I led worship at Dreghorn & Springside Parish Church, where Tom’s the locum minister & I’m the new Interim Moderator. It being Pentecost, I reminded us of the promise, person, power & purpose of God’s Holy Spirit and encouraged us to take Jesus at his word, to admit how much we need God’s help and to ask, seek & knock on God’s door for him to pour his inspiring power in & through us, as we reach out to our neighbours with the Good News & Love of Christ.

Tom helpfully followed up by reminding us that the Greek words for ‘Ask, Seek & Knock’ are continuous, i.e. we’re to keep on asking, seeking & knocking, not letting up till God answers.

 

Don’t know about you, but I’m more & more aware of how much I need God’s Help, and grateful for Jesus’ beatitudes, which start with, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”(MSG)

Come Holy Spirit, overflow our lives with your love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, passionate patience & persistence. Gift us the abilities to build your people up & reach the lost of our neighbourhoods!