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.

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. 

Christ's Hands, My Hands

Christ's Hands, My Hands

And remember: not only are you partners in this together, you are partners with God. 
God is working within you, and God declares that this work begins now.
NOW is the right time. NOW is the day of salvation.
Right now, God is using you to make the world a more just place.
Right now, God is using you to make your community more compassionate and loving
Right now, God is calling you to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. 
Open your hearts up! Partner with God in this work!

Head Full of Doubt, Heart Full of Faith

Head Full of Doubt, Heart Full of Faith

I think if we are being honest, we are all like Thomas.
And even if we don’t always have a skeptical questioning personality,
I think we all have our Thomas moments, where we struggle with our belief, and have doubt. It doesn’t matter how pious we may be, or how much we seem to have figured out our faith, we all struggle with our belief.
I think we all can relate to him, and I think that is exactly why we have this story.

Because we won’t necessarily get to see Christ as Thomas did in this life.
we won’t get to actually stand with him face-to-face, to touch his wounds, and see that he was once dead, but now lives.
We won’t get the physical evidence in order believe.
We are counted among those who must believe without seeing.

But because of Thomas, we know,
that even in the midst of our doubts, even in the midst of our questions
Christ will show up bearing his peace.
Christ will show up, and meet us with the very things we need to believe.