Sermon

They Will See God

They Will See God

I remember a friend of mine who went through a crisis. It was like his very identity was in question. He didn’t know who he was anymore. He had always been Somebody, and now he wasn’t so sure.

 At first it was terrifying. But then something started to shift. He felt like he was living in the presence of God. He felt like he had discovered a whole new universe, that had been there all the time, but invisible to him. Suddenly he was there. In this universe, there were different rules. In this universe, love ruled. People weren’t measured by success or failure. Kindness mattered. Showing up mattered. So did understanding, and real connections. Strength and courage mattered – but a different kind of strength, one that didn’t take advantage of other people. It was like a parallel universe, like he had finally found his way home.

The Plans I Have for You

The Plans I Have for You

Few of us will ever live in Exile, thank God. Few of us will face what these people faced, or what my own ancestors faced. But there are challenges enough for all of us. Challenges about what it means to be faithful when the world seems to turn upside down. Challenges about believing God is with us, when it seems like God is silent. Challenges in times of loss, or when we are living in a new time, or a new place, and nothing seems familiar. Those times when our very identity is shaken.

Do not lose hope, the Lord tells us. Do not look for easy answers, because they will always disappoint you. But look for my presence. Because even here, even now, in whatever trial you face or trauma you experience, even there, I am with you. And wherever I am, you are home.

It Is Not Yet Ceramic

It Is Not Yet Ceramic

God is like the master potter, able to whip up a bowl in seconds, able to move the clay with effortless ease. 

But our master potter is a perfectionist… and this clay is still not where it could be…
God is still molding us and remaking us…
Still working on us and our world, 
remaking all of it into this perfect vision God has imagined from the start.

So don’t lose hope.
God has brought us to the potter’s house to see this vision for the world…
God is the potter… and we are still the clay… 

It’s in Our DNA

It’s in Our DNA

Resilience is built right into us. Baked into us. Code that can be turned on at just exactly the right time. And the even more amazing part is that we can pass that resilience down to our children. That switch that turns on at just the right time? We pass that down, too. We don’t just pass down the potential for resilience, we pass down resilience itself.  

We are fearfully and wonderfully made, the Psalmist writes. And the more I learn, the more I am astounded. Just astounded. 

God’s Promise – a World of Hope

God’s Promise – a World of Hope

Destruction is not God’s intention: re-creation is! 

I for one am searching for a word of hope, and I think scripture provides just that. I think these verses reaffirm God’s deep and wide love for the world, God’s desire to refresh us and renew us, God’s vision for community where tears are dried and death will be no more. Someday…. Somewhere… 

Let these words of the Revelation do this for you as well… let them reawaken something deep inside you. Let yourself remember your own longing, and feel it, deeply. 

Let God’s word draw you toward something wonderful, and beautiful. A vision of what can be.